Uttarakhand's Kedarpuri to have arrangements for night stay of 10,000 pilgrims

District administration of Rudraprayag district is giving finishing touches by putting up tent colonies on the footway to the shrine. 

Published: 23rd February 2020 09:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd February 2020 09:38 PM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand government is arranging night stay for 10,000 pilgrims in Kedar Valley.

District administration of Rudraprayag district is giving finishing touches by putting up tent colonies on the footway to the shrine. 

The work will be completed before April 29, 2020, as the portal of the shrine opens. 

Mangesh Ghildiyal, district magistrate of Rudraprayag said, "The work is going at fast pace to raise tent colonies with amenities such as water, toilets, and medical facilities in case of medical emergency and we are hopeful to erect over 500 tents at seated locations in and around Kedar puri town before the portals open on April 29."

The officials of the district administration, revealing the details told Express that in 14 km trek from Gauri Kund to Kedarnath temple, more than 200 tents are being erected to house the pilgrims.

Apart from this, over 1,000 pilgrims can stay around the shrine in building complexes and tents available.

Another tent colony of 200 tents is coming up near helipad which will be able to house over 2,500 pilgrims at a time, said district administration officials. 

Arrangements are also on the way to develop same tent colonies in Chhani camp and Lincholi for pilgrims. 

Work has already started to remove snow to start work around the shrine town to ready it for the upcoming yatra season.

In the year 2019, in a highest-ever turnout, over 38 lakh pilgrims visited the Char Dham which is expected to increase in upcoming years furthermore. 

In the year 2019, a total of 84 deaths of pilgrims in the Char Dhar were reported due to various reasons such as heart and other Heath issues.

A total 55 pilgrims died during their journey to Kedarnath followed by 17 in Yamunotri and 6 each in Badrinath and Gangotri shrines. 

Many VIPs including the Prime Minister visited Kedarnath included the President of India Ramnath Kovind, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat and businessmen like Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani. 

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