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Rail, Road & Ropeways Key to Development of Hills: PM Modi

PM Modi, who visited both Kedarnath and Badrinath also addressed a gathering at Mana, the last village of India along the Indo-China border falling in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand today

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that rail, road, and ropeways were the keys to the development of the hills. Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his Uttarakhand visit by offering prayers at the famous Kedarnath temple shrine on Friday 21 Oct 2022.

Addressing the people at Mana, the last village of India along the Indo-China border falling in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand today, PM Modi said the rail, road, and ropeways were the keys to the development of hilly areas of the country that have tough geographical terrain.

He in particular held that his government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring all-round development in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand

The Prime Minister, who was on a visit to the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand also yet again stressed the importance of “local for vocal”, urging the people of India both tourists and pilgrims to at least ensure that the five percent of their total spendings at a place of their visit is utilized in buying local products. He said by promoting “local for vocal”, one will be contributing towards enhancing the lives of poor villagers. 

It is noteworthy this is PM Modi’s sixth visit to the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand. PM reached Kedarnath during the morning hours. 

Ropeway Project in Kedarnath

PM Modi performed the rituals and offered his prayers to the Kedarnath temple. Further, he also laid the foundation stone of a 9.7 km long ropeway connecting Gaurikund to Kedarnath.

This Kedarnath ropeway project will save traveling time for the pilgrims. Presently it takes 6 to 7 hrs to reach Kedarnath from Gauri Kund, which will now be reduced to 30 minutes after coming up off the ropeway. 

PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for one more ropeway project that will connect Govindghat to Hemkund Sahib. This will reduce the travel time between the two places from 12.4 hrs to 45 minutes. A cumulative cost of around Rs. 3,400 crores is earmarked for the development of the ropeways and the roadways for the Kedarnath and Badrinath regions. 

The ropeways are environmentally friendly modes of transportation and are designed to assist both the pilgrims and locals. 

Last year PM Modi visited Kedarnath on 5th November when he launched a few projects announcing Rs. 180 crores for the development of the key infra projects in the region. The projects included healthcare facilities and other facilities for the pilgrims as this year one could easily notice the free healthcare camps before starting the trek to the Kedarnath temple. 

Last year in his same visit he unveiled the statue of Guru Adi Shankaracharya and this year too he did not forget to visit the ‘Samadhi Sthal’

He also visited the Mandakini Ashtpath and Saraswati Ashtpath, to check the progress of the works linked to the construction of two bridges in the region. These projects were launched when the PM visited the holy land last year.

Ritika Chandola
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