Kedarnath: What Narendra Modi had actually proposed in 2013 for shrine reconstruction

Amit Shah and his son Jay celebrate Shah's release from Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad in 2010

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday offered prayers at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand and said his visit to the shrine strengthened his resolve to serve the nation. Was the work done by the then state government, people and the devotees of Lord Shiva to redevelop Kedarnath a waste? He also spoke about the importance of the environment and the need to protect it. PM Modi also spoke about making Kedarnath an ideal pilgrimage spot and in turning Uttarakhand into an organic state.

"I as the chief minister of Gujarat had offered to take responsibility of reconstructing areas surrounding Kedarnath temple in the aftermath of 2013 tragedy".

Modi made a two-hour visit to Kedarnath on Friday, his secondtrip to the shrine in the last six months after the BJP came to power in the state.

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JSW group that is led by Sajjan Jindal went into an agreement with the government of Uttarakhand in order to restore the temple sites of Kedarnath that was damaged due to the heavy floods that hit Uttarakhand in the year 2013.

However, the reconstruction plan did not materialise and today, PM Narendra Modi accused the then Congress government of Uttarakhand and the UPA at the Centre for rejecting his reconstruction proposal.

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He will be received by Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and officials before he heads for the Himalayan shrine.

"Out of excitement, I announced it outside to the media".

PM Modi is also likely to lay the foundation stone of renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharyas tomb which was devastated in the catastrophic flash floods of 2013.

Describing these projects as ambitious and expensive, PM Modi asserted that said there would be no dearth of funds to ensure that they are completed in a time-bound manner. The PM, who had visited the shrine in May this year, laid the foundation stones of five reconstruction projects at Kedarpuri. Narendra Modi said, "We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath".

"The central government is taking steps to ensure that resources of the mountains are pooled in for development of only the mountains", he added.

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