Kedarnath Rebuilding, Uttarakhand | Began in: 2013 | Deadline: Sometime in 2015 | Cost: Rs. 26 crore approx
Height 13,000 feet; Temperature between 10 degrees Celsius and sub-zero; Men 500. Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat has made the start of the yatra to Kedarnath, a major moneyspinner for the region, one of his top priorities.
And against the backdrop of the still majestic Kedarnath temple, the work is on at a feverish pace, be it tractors laden with iron rods and cements hurrying to their destination, the two JCB-2DX machines clearing snow in their path, the mixer machines readying construction material, the six All Terrain Vehicles carrying supervisors to sites, the five excavator machines mining sand required for construction, or the 500 men carrying equipment or running all of the above.
The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, assigned the task of major construction activities at Kedarnath, including laying of the track — after the destruction of the June 2013 floods — got the heavy equipment, machines and vehicles manually transported to the town. These were carried from Soneprayag to here by trekkers in August. The smallest part of the dismantled machines, which were later reassembled, weighed 200 kg.
Apart from that, more than 30,000 bags of cement have been brought in on mules. “We have also transported about 10,000 magic bricks, which are lighter, cheaper,” NIM Instructor Ranjit Singh Negi, who is camping in Kedarnath, says.