Snowfall leaves Adityanath and Trivendra Singh Rawat in Kedarnath for hours
Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Adityanath and his Uttarakhand counterpart Trivendra Singh Rawat were trapped for several hours in Kedarnath on Monday due to bad weather that followed the snowfall.
They managed to reach Gauchar, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, at night.
“Uttarakhand CM Rawat and UP CM Adityanath got stuck in Kedarnath due to bad weather after snowfall,” said Ashok Kumar, Uttarakhand CEO (law and order).
Both senior ministers arrived at the Kedarnath temple on Monday morning to offer prayers at the shrine’s closing ceremony for the winter.
The portals of the Gangotri temple in Uttarkashi were closed for the winter on Sunday and that of Kedarnath and Yamunotri were closed on Monday. The last of the Char Dham (four Himalayan pilgrimage sites), Badrinath, will follow the ritual on November 19.
Adityanath and Rawat witnessed the closing of the Kedarnath shrine portals amid all the rituals and special prayers as the snow continued. The Kedarnath gates closed at 8:30 a.m. M. And, from then on, the two CMs got stuck there after heavy snowfall. Both were scheduled to leave for Badrinath at 8.40 am by helicopter. But due to the snowfall, the helicopter could not take off.
The two senior ministers then waited at the government guesthouse near Kedarnath from where they were finally able to fly around 4.45pm to the town of Gauchar in the Chamoli district, 130 km from Badrinath.
They will spend the night in Gauchar and visit Badrinath on Tuesday.
“He was supposed to open a UP government tourist guesthouse near the Badrinath shrine. We were stuck because of the snowfall, ”said Adityanath.
On the sidelines of the event, Adityanath told reporters that all the issues related to asset allocation between UP and Uttarakhand have been resolved and some that may remain will also be amicably resolved soon.
Citing one example, he said the two state governments had long been waging a legal battle in the Supreme Court over the ownership of the Alaknanda guesthouse in Haridwar, but now UP has agreed to cede its ownership to Uttarakhand.
“All the problems between UP and Uttarakhand have been resolved and in the future we will also continue to work together. There was a case related to Alaknanda’s boarding house. That was also resolved and it was decided that the guesthouse will be handed over to the Uttarakhand government, ”Adityanath said.
Later that day, his office, in a statement, said that he together with Rawat inspected the renovation / development works that the Uttarakhand government was carrying out in Kedarnath Dham.
According to a UP government statement, Adityanath said that the state government is building another guest house near Haridwar, which will help the pilgrims. The guest house will be ready before next year’s Kumbh.
“The UP government is creating a tourist accommodation place and I have already spoken with the Uttarakhand government about it. Soon, the foundations for it will be laid, ”said Adityanath.
(With contributions from agencies)