Modi finishes talking
Modi talks of the importance of toilets
Taking the example of Uttar Pradesh where the government has been working to build toilets and has renamed them to 'izzatghars' (place of respect), Modi highlights the importance of toilets. He adds that he gives the same importance to toilet-building for the poor as he gives to the reconstruction projects in Kedarnath.
Modi asks for productive competition between the hilly states
Modi asks for friendly competition between the hilly states to get the most tourism and to invite development.
PM seeks to give back to the mountains
Modi said that he wants to turn around the old saying which says that a mountain's water and youth are never used by the mountain itself. By promoting adventure tourism, hydroelectricity and water sports, he wants to make sure that a mountain's water and youth benefit it as well.
Modi invites "adventurists" and herbal medicine enthusiasts
The PM said that the Himalayas welcome people with interests like adventure and herbal medicines to come and experience the mountains. He also cited the example of Sikkim which attracts tourists numbering almost twice its population.
Asks for investments for Kedarnath modernisation under CSR
Modi says all environmental norms will be followed while embarking on the reconstuction projects. He asks private companies to pitch in under CSR provisions.
Modi wants to make Kedarnath an 'ideal pilgrimage' location
But now through the development we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal 'Tirth Kshetra' should be: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2017
Modi promises to develop Kedarnath with facilities for priests
Modi promised three-storey houses for priests. One floor for devotees, one for the priest themselves, and one for their guests. 24 hour electricity and water will be provided. He also promised to increase the width of the road and provide all modern facilites to residents.
Modi recalls the 2013 floods, says he did all he could as Gujarat chief minister
The floods of 2013 had made all of us extremely sad. That time I was not the Prime Minister, I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I came here to do all that I could for victims: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 20, 2017
"From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba", says Modi
Jan Seva is Prabhu Seva. From this holy land of Kedarnath, I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 20, 2017
Modi starts speaking at the gathering
Modi started off with chants of "Jai Jai Kedar" and "Jai Jai Baba Bhole". He then wished everyone on Diwali and said that the Gods have called him back to Kedarnath again.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat speaks
Rawat welcomed the Prime Minister and thanks everyone for gathering to listen in just a day after Diwali.
Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Diwali with troops posted along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Gurez Sector and lauded the soldiers for their sacrifice saying he considers them his family.
In an unannounced visit, Modi arrived at Gurez on Thursday morning to celebrate Diwali with the army and BSF soldiers posted along the Line of Control (LoC), officials said. He spent two hours with the soldiers in Gurez valley, which is shouting distance of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and has witnessed many gunfights with infiltrating militants in the past 27 years.
More than 5,000 have gathered to listen to Modi
Times Now has reported that over 5,000 people are at the venue to listen to the Prime Minister. However, most of these are BJP workers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Kedarnath on Friday, a day before the gates of the Himalayan shrine close for the winters.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stones for a slew of reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of Adi Guru Shankaracharya's tomb which was devastated in the catastrophic flash floods of 2013.
Modi is also likely to address a public meeting near the famed temple located around 11,660 feet above the sea level, party sources said.
Security has been tightened around the Jollygrant airport where the prime minister is likely to arrive around 8.30 am before leaving for Kedarnath, DIG Garhwal Range Pushpak Jyoti said. He will be welcomed at the airport by Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other officials before he heads for the Himalayan shrine, the officer said.
Modi is scheduled to spend around two hours laying the foundation stones of a series of reconstruction projects, he said. Elaborate security arrangements have also been made at Kedarnath in view of the prime minister's visit, he added.
In view of the PM's visit and Diwali, the temple has been decked up with flowers and lights, and most priests have decided not to go home to celebrate the festival. The chief minister and the governor will accompany Modi to the Himalayan temple which is scheduled to close for the winters at 8 am on Saturday.
This is the second visit of the prime minister to the shrine this season. He had visited it on 3 May when its gates had been reopened after the winter break.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Oct 20, 2017 11:17 am | Updated Date: Oct 20, 2017 11:58 am