Swami Suhitananda, general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, on Wednesday inaugurated Swami Vivekananda post graduate block and Ma Sarada Devi girl’s hostel at Anusuya Prasad Bahaguna Government PG College at Agastyamuni, Rudraprayag. The college comes on way to Kedarnath..
The college was badly damaged following the heavy rain and flood caused by cloudburst on June 16, 2013.The RKM took up the project in 2014 and the buildings were built in less than two years. The construction of the buildings has boosted many students who thought their career might end after the destruction.
After clearance of the debris, engineers visited the spot and planned the multi-crore project. As the area is prone to natural calamities, steps have been taken to ensure that the buildings do not get affected by disasters. The project is a part of Uttarakhand flood rehabilitation project. The construction work has been supervised by the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Dehradun. The Mission had carried out extensive relief work during 2013 disaster.
After one month of the incident, on July 16 the Uttarakhand government issued a communiqué stating that more than 5700 were presumed dead. Though Kedarnath temple was saved but was under water for some time. Hotels, rest houses and houses were destroyed in the disaster. A few thousand livestock that used to carry pilgrims from Gourikund died. The areas surrounding Gaurikund and Ram Bada were totally destroyed. The monument, where Sankaracharya was cremated, and which was situated opposite the Kedarnath temple, has been totally destroyed. The new route that has been built from Gaurikund is of 22 km. It may be recalled that RKM had carried out massive rehabilitation projects after the Gurajat earthquake, great Odisha cyclone in the 1990s and in south India after Tsunami. It had constructed a bridge off Rajamandri in the Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh in the 1990s.