With the earlier declaration of Char Dham Yatra 2015 to be commenced from April 21, Uttarakhand Government assures to complete all the preparations by due date. According to State Tourism Minister, Dinesh Dhanai, the government is trying its level best to give it a finishing touch even though unseasonal rainfalls and snowfall in high altitude areas are affecting the progress of the works. Dhanai on an official meet to discuss the yatra preparations told that although in most of the areas the preparations are completed, yet the areas covered in snow would be renovated by April 20. He also added the preparation works in under construction areas can be completed if the weather supports. Dhanai said, to speed up the pace of renovation works, BRO and PWD personnel are working with bulldozers and dumpers in slide prone areas, so that any kind of blockage on route can be cleared.
Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma said that the fresh snowfall in higher parts of the route is affecting the work progress. He also said that the steps taken to ensure safety and security of the pilgrims are way better than the ones taken before the disastrous flood mishap of 2013. Sharma said that despite the six-feet deep snowfall in Kedarnath, around 300 people are working in full pace.
According to the sources, this time 25 bio-digesters will be installed at Kedarnath. Also five of the six buildings those were blocking the view of Kedarnath Shrine are demolished after reaching a peaceful accord with the owners. The sixth building is yet to be cleared, as discussion with the owner is on. While discussing on the issues of the fares charged by helicopter, Sharma said that the government does not intend to regulate direct market forces, but if the service provider is found cheating the customers, appropriate actions will be taken.