Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a review of the Kedarnath Temple development and reconstruction project with the Uttarakhand State Government via video conferencing, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.
Prime Minister said that the State Government should envision and design development projects for holy sites like Kedarnath and Badrinath in a way and manner that stands the test of time and is yet eco-friendly and in harmony with nature and its surroundings, the statement said. This will help to create facilities and infrastructure to sustain tourism in the upcoming years.
"Keeping in mind the present situation and comparatively lean pressure in terms of tourists and pilgrims to the holy sites, Prime Minister suggested that the present construction season could be utilised for completing pending works by proper distribution of labour pools, keeping in mind the norms of social distancing. This will help to create facilities and infrastructure to better sustain tourism flows in the years to come," the release said.
PM Modi also gave directions for further development of other heritage and religious spots in the stretch extending from Ramban to Kedarnath. This work will be in addition to the re-development of the main shrine in Kedarnath, the statement added.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other senior officials also participated in the review meeting.