Taking a cue from last year's mid June flashfloods that killed thousands in the Garhwal hills, the state government has decided to station 100 trained personnel of State Disaster Relief Force(SDRF) in the Kedar valley for the ensuing Kedarnath pilgrimage.
The Char Dham pilgrimage is beginning on May 2. The portals of Yamnotri and Gangotri will be opened on May 2, while the portals of Kedarnath shrine will be opened on May 4 and Badrinath on May 5.
Out of these four pilgrim spots, the approach to Kedarnath is tedious. Last year heavy rains had washed away Gaurikund-Kedarnath route at several places. Besides the national highway is also in bad shape.
The state government intends to repair roads to Kedarnath before the pilgrimage starts, but a lot still has to be done. Chief secretary Subhash Kumar on Wednesday reviewed preparations for the Kedarnath pilgrimage. The CS said some 800 workers are working to repair stretch between Gaurikund-Rambaraen route to Kedarnath.
"Construction of helipads at Linchauli and Kedarnath is under progress. I have asked officials to monitor work on the Sonprayag to Gaurikund road." said the Cs adding "NIM has carrying out the construction work from the Rambada to Kedarnath."