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Narendra Modi in Kedarnath highlights: Building toilets as important as reconstruction projects in Kedarnath, says PM

Narendra Modi is visiting Kedarnath on Friday, a day before its gates close for the winters. He is likely to address a public meeting there as well.

FP Staff October 20, 2017 11:17:26 IST
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Narendra Modi in Kedarnath highlights: Building toilets as important as reconstruction projects in Kedarnath, says PM

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Oct 20, 2017 - 11:58 (IST)

Modi finishes talking

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:47 (IST)

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.

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:43 (IST)

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.

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:38 (IST)

Modi praises the people of Uttarakhand

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:37 (IST)

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.

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:34 (IST)

Modi believes 10 lakh tourists will visit Kedarnath in 2018

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:33 (IST)

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.

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:27 (IST)

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.

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:24 (IST)

Modi wants to make Kedarnath an 'ideal pilgrimage' location

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:23 (IST)

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.

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.

Narendra Modi in Kedarnath highlights Building toilets as important as reconstruction projects in Kedarnath says PM

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

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

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