Dehradun: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday arrived in Kedarnath to pay obeisance at the sacred Himalayan shrine whose portals were thrown open after a six-month-long winter break. He is also scheduled to inaugurate a research centre at Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar at 12 PM before returning to Delhi. The visit comes after his announcement of ‘all-weather’ roads for the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand. It has been learned that PM Modi will be the first to offer prayers, according to The Indian Express report. Apart from PM Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee will be visiting Uttarakhand in the first week of May to pay obeisance at Badrinath and Kedarnath, a PTI report says.
“Tomorrow I will be visiting Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. I will begin my Uttarakhand visit by praying at the Kedarnath Temple,” the Prime Minister tweeted today. “I will be inaugurating the Patanjali Research Institute at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar tomorrow, 12 noon onwards. @yogrishiramdev,” he had said.
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Tomorrow I will be visiting Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. I will begin my Uttarakhand visit by praying at the Kedarnath Temple.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had went to Kedarnath to review the preparations ahead of the prime minister’s visit. Accompanied by state Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, Rawat visited the medical centre to assess the availability of medicines there and also took a round of lodging and other facilities built for devotees, an official release said.
The chief minister asked the officials present to tighten loose ends, if any, and warned them of stern action if anything was found lacking. He asked them to ensure that whoever visits the shrine goes back with good memories.
Notably, the sacred portals of Kedarnath were thrown open to devotees after being closed for winters today, while those of Badrinath will reopen on May 6.
Meanwhile, Governor K K Paul had held a high-level meeting with officials, including Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy and DGP MA Ganpati, to review administrative preparedness for the upcoming visits of the two dignitaries. Paul asked the officials to make all security arrangements as per the norms for the president’s visit, right from his arrival at the Jollygrant airport to his departure for Delhi the next day after paying obeisance at the Himalayan shrine.
Mukherjee will arrive at the Jollygrant airport on May 5 and head straight to the IGNFA to address its convocation. He will then go to the Raj Bhawan where he will stay at night. The president will leave for Badrinath the following morning where he will offer prayers before returning to New Delhi the same day, the PTI report said.
The chief secretary also held a meeting to review the preparations and asked officials to ensure that all security arrangements are put in place in view of the two visits.