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PM Narendra Modi to visit Kedarnath on Diwali

All preparations have been made in view of the prime minister’s visit with the road from the helipad to the temple totally cleared of snow.

SNS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath on the auspicious occasion of Diwali to offer prayers at the Kedarnath temple.

Sources said PM Modi is also expected to review the progress of development projects including construction of main approach to Kedarnath temple and development of Shankaracharya Kutir and Shankaracharya Museum.

After offering prayers at the temple, PM Modi will inspect the reconstruction projects underway at Kedarpuri.

He will also be shown a video at the guest house within the temple premises to apprise him about the progress of the projects at the township, Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said.

The foundation stone of Kedarpuri reconstruction projects was laid by Modi during his visit to the temple last year.

During his visit to the shrine last year, the Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone for five infrastructure development projects. These included development of the retaining wall and ghat on the Mandakini and Saraswati and also houses for temple priests.

The shrine was struck by calamitous floods in 2013.

Sources said Modi is also likely to meet ITBP personnel guarding the border with China.

All preparations have been made in view of the prime minister’s visit with the road from the helipad to the temple totally cleared of snow, Singh said.

Several new features including a meditation cave 400 metres above Kedarnath will greet Modi during his visit this time.

Built at a secluded spot 400 metres above the shrine, the cave will be shown to the prime minister from a distance as he is not scheduled to go there, Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyalsaid.

Other new features for Modi to see at the shrine this time will be a much wider Mukhya Aksha, the passage from the point of confluence of Mandakini and Saraswati to the facade of the templeand the retaining walls constructed on the banks of the two rivers, the official said.

Kedarpuri reconstruction has been on Modi’s priority list and he keeps monitoring its progress on regular intervals via video conferencing.

It would be his 10th visit to the state after assuming office in 2014.

(With agency inputs)