Due to heavy snowfall, reconstruction work at Uttarakhand's Kedarpuri suspended
The reconstruction work at Uttarakhand's Kedarpuri has been suspended for the next 10 days due to heavy snowfall at the Himalayan shrine, a senior official said today. Nearly 7-8 feet thick layer of snow has accumulated following heavy snowfall. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been closely monitoring the reconstruction work at the famed temple, which was hit by flash floods in 2013.
Heavy snowfall has damaged electric poles, transformers, affecting power supply
The heavy snowfall was making it impossible to continue the reconstruction work, Rudraprayag District Magistrate Mangesh Ghildiyal said. Heavy snowfall has also damaged some huts of the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, some electric poles and transformers in the area, affecting power supply to the shrine.
35 people involved in reconstruction work have returned to Gaurikund
"It's been decided to suspend all work there for at least 10 days," Ghildiyal said, adding it'll be resumed after the specified period depending on weather. Thirty-five people engaged in the reconstruction work at the famed temple, including 28 laborers, have returned to Gaurikund. During his last visit to the shrine, Modi had spent about an hour there taking stock of the reconstruction work.
Kedarpuri reconstruction work one of BJP's poll planks in 2019?
The reconstruction work at Kedarpuri is likely to be one of the BJP's main poll planks in 2019 because of its countrywide appeal. The project includes reconstruction of Adi Guru Shankaracharya's Samadhi, which was washed away in 2013, the houses of teerth purohits, among others.