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Uttarakhand geared up for Chardham yatra 2015: CM

The infrastructure in Uttarakhand that was devastated by the flash flood catastrophe of 2013 has been rebuilt and the state has also developed additional facilities to welcome pilgrims for a safe ‘Chardham yatra’ this year, Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Friday.

“After the devastation of 2013, we took into account nature’s warning and have put in place various measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for all pilgrims visiting the state. We are well prepared to tackle any untoward incidents,” Rawat told reporters here.

The dates for the pilgrimage of Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib will be soon declared while the Badrinath Yatra will begin from April 26 of this year, he said.

Rawat assured that the state is building a three-tier protection system that can prevent floods with three times the velocity of the 2013 disaster. Also, four helipads have been already built at pilgrimage sites for a enjoyable journey.

Besides, Rawat said, biometric registration counters are already in place at entry points to the state and on yatra routes. Also put up are five base camps, 48 wayside amenities, seven ghats and 12 night shelters for the Chardham yatra in 2015.

“A special task force comprising police and members from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering at Uttarkashi, has been set up for the Kedarnath route from Bhimbali which will function under the district magistrate of Rudraprayag.

“Additionally, services of private helicopter operators have been engaged to take pilgrims to Kedarnath,” he added.
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