Dehradun (TIP): A Rs195 crore package was announced by the government on June 28 for reconstruction of the ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage circuit, which was badly affected by the Uttarakhand rain disaster. Tourism minister K. Chiranjeevi said the fund will be spent for renovation and reconstruction of the sacred pilgrimage sites of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, and its surrounding areas and the roads connecting it.
Chiranjeevi told reporters here that the Uttarakhand government will utilise the fund according to its requirements. ‘Char Dham’ is an important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Himalayas located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The circuit receives large number of visitors in an average pilgrimage season, which starts from last week of April till October- November. The season is heaviest in the two-month period before the monsoon, which normally starts in July.
The 15-16 June rains and floods have affected the ‘Char Dham’ circuit very badly, with the Kedarnath temple bearing the brunt of the disaster, leading to the death of many in the temple premises as well as its surrounding areas. The ‘Char Dham’ circuit roads continue to be snapped following the rains and floods.