Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand on a two-day visit starting May 18, a day ahead of the seventh and final phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

PM Modi will visit Kedarnath on May 18 and Badrinath on May 19. This was informed by the pradesh BJP media in-charge Devendra Bhasin.

In view of the PM’s visit, Uttrakhand State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) has set up wireless and telecommunication systems. Extra security has also been deployed.

Tripti Bhatt, Commandant SDRF, has directed all the officials in the Kedarnath valley to maintain vigil in view of the visit.

The portals of Kedarnath shrine were thrown open for pilgrims on May 9 after six months of winter break. Over 2000 pilgrims from different parts of India attended the opening ceremony of the famous Hindu shrine located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Governor, Baby Rani Maurya, attended the portal opening ceremony in Kedarnath.

During the opening ceremony, NP Jamloki, Kedarnath temple’s executive officer said, “The portals of the temple were thrown open for pilgrims at 5.35 am. This time, token system for pilgrims has been introduced in Kedarnath. This facility will provide convenience to the visitors.”

The famous Hindu shrine is located at 11,755 ft above the sea level.

Starting this season, three thousand pilgrims will be able to stay overnight in Kedarnath. The shrine had witnessed heavy snowfall in the winters and many infrastructures were damaged.

The Char Dham Yatra to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri is considered the backbone of Uttarakhand economy. The Uttarakhand tourism department has also issued an advisory to the pilgrims for carrying woolens as cold weather prevails in towns located in the high Himalayas. The tourism department has also asked the visitors, moving on the trekking route, to take medical aid in case of deteriorating health from the medical relief post.