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Reconstruction work at U’Khand higher reaches gets underway

Four months have passed since natural disaster struck in the Char Dham routes and played havoc with the lives and properties of the state. Many road routes and bridges are still waiting for reconstruction work, although state government had asked centre for financial aid to the tune of Rs 2154 crore for this. The state government promised of preparing 2500 pre-fabricated shelters for homeless by the end of October.

Kedarnath MLA Shaila Rani Rawat said that some villagers are asking for monetary compensation in place of pre-fabricated shelters. They want to relocate to safer places which are less vulnerable to natural catastrophe. The government is seriously thinking on these issues.

She told that in many villages, people are crossing Mandakini river or other tributaries through trollies and rope-ways.  But in this system, only handful of people can reach other portion of the river. As the marriage season is on peak and school examinations are near, the state government is in hurry to finish work on temporary bridges and hanging bridges, so that large number of people can cross the river and reach their destination.

She added that as far as rehabilitation and reconstruction in Kedarnath region is concerned, much has been done, and the work is satisfactory. But still there are some places where compensation in lieu of damages has not reached. In some villages, alternatives routes have been constructed.

Deputy speaker of the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha and Karnaprayag MLA Ansuya Prasad Maikhuri told that nearly 99 per cent of the effected peoples of their region have got compensation from state government who lost their houses, agricultural land, shops or other. The road connectivity has been completed up to the holy place Badrinath, which was a daunting job. The alternative safe routes has been completed in many places, so that people can move from one village to other without any hassle.
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