New Delhi: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Uttarakhand on 21 October 2022. In Kedarnath, at around 8:30, he had darshan and worship at the Shri Kedarnath Temple. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Kedarnath ropeway project at around 9 am. After that, he visited the Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sthal. At around 9:25 am, the Prime Minister reviewed the progress of development works along the Mandakini Asthapath and Saraswati Asthapath.
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Uttarakhand | Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Adi Guru Shankaracharya Samadhi Sthal in Kedarnath pic.twitter.com/NnkRNLBUJk
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PM Modi will reach Badrinath
After this the Prime Minister will reach Badrinath, where the Prime Minister will have darshan and worship at Shri Badrinath temple at around 11.30 am. At 12 noon, he will review the progress of riverfront development works, followed by laying the foundation stone for road and ropeway projects in Mana village at 12:30 pm. After this, at around 2 pm, he will review the progress of the development works of the arrival plaza and lakes.
Ropeway will connect Gaurikund with Kedarnath
The ropeway at Kedarnath will be about 9.7 km long and will connect Gaurikund with Kedarnath, reducing the travel time between the two places from the present 6-7 hours to around 30 minutes. Hemkund ropeway will connect Govindghat with Hemkund Sahib. It will be approximately 12.4 km long and will reduce the travel time from a day to just 45 minutes. This ropeway will also connect Ghangaria, which is the gateway to the Valley of Flowers National Park.
Ropeway will cost Rs 2,430 crore
The ropeway, which will be developed at a cumulative cost of around Rs 2,430 crore, is an eco-friendly mode of transport that will provide a safe, secure and stable mode of transport. This major infrastructure development will give a boost to religious tourism, thereby spurring economic development in the region as well as creating many employment opportunities.
PM Modi laid the foundation stone of road widening projects
During the yatra, the foundation stone of road widening projects worth about one thousand crore rupees will also be laid. The two road widening projects – Mana to Mana Pass (NH07) and Joshimath to Malari (NH107B) – will be another step towards providing all-weather road connectivity in our border areas. Apart from boosting connectivity, these projects will also prove to be strategically beneficial.
Ease of entry to places of religious importance
Kedarnath and Badrinath are one of the most important Hindu temples. The region is also known for a revered Sikh pilgrimage site – Hemkund Sahib. The connectivity projects being undertaken reflect the Prime Minister’s commitment to ease access to places of religious importance and improve infrastructure.