Ahead of Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his annual visit to Kedarnath temple, inaugurated a slew of development projects worth Rs 3,400 crores and reviewed the progress of other ongoing works in Uttarakhand.
Ahead of Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his annual visit to Kedarnath temple, inaugurated a slew of development projects worth Rs 3,400 crores and reviewed the progress of other ongoing works in Uttarakhand on Friday.
The prime minister also visited the samadhi of Adi Sankaracharya.
During his visit, PM Modi wore a special traditional dress made by women of Himachal’s Chamba, popularly known as Chola Dora. Hindu religious symbols of “swastika” and peacock feather, which is believed to be the favourite of Lord Krishna, are embroidered in the dress.
Gaurikund-Kedarnath Ropeway Project
After performing puja at the Kedarnath temple, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated a slew of projects including laying the foundation stone of the nearly 10-km-long Gaurikund-Kedarnath ropeway project, which is touted to be the longest ropeway in the world at an altitude of 11,500 feet. The Rs 1267 crores ropeway project will further improve connectivity in the area.
As of now, pilgrims have to trek around 16-km from Gaurikund to reach the holy shrine of Kedarnath which takes up to 10 hours. With the construction of the ropeway, the travel time from Sonaprayag to Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district will be reduced to just 30 minutes.
During his visit to Kedarnath last year, PM Modi said that the work on ropeways to Kedarnath and Shri Hemkund Sahib would commence soon.
He also paid his respect at the Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sthal and reviewed the progress of development works along Mandakini Asthapath and Saraswati Asthapath there.
Later in the day, PM Modi is scheduled to visit the holy shrine of Badrinath, after which he will review the progress of riverfront development. He will also review the progress of the beautification works of the Arrival Plaza and the lakes in Badrinath Dham.
Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said the prime minister’s visit to Kedarnath and Badrinath will prove to be a milestone in the development of Uttarakhand.
He said the connectivity projects being undertaken at these religious sites reflect PM Modi’s commitment to ease access and improve basic infrastructure in places of religious significance.