Rudraprayag, March 21
Commissioner Garhwal directed the officials during the meeting held at Rudra complex in Rudraprayag to gear up for the Chardham yatra and prepare in such a way that the pilgrims from country and aboard are provided best of the facilities during the yatra season.
The Commissioner Garhwal directed the officials from electricity department, PWD, Jal Sansthan to speed up the restoration works and complete the works being done at Kedarnath and on the route in time bound manner.
During the review meeting of the PWD department he was informed that 40 thousand stones are to be laid down at Kedarnath Shrine area out of which the PWD department was able to get only 400 stones a day which was not enough considering that only 40 days are left to start of yatra season.
The Garhwal Commissioner directed the PWD officials to increase the number of Edge and Block cutting machines so that the target of the stones needed for Kedarnath is met on the daily basis. When asked about the number of mules deployed for the work he was told that presently 25 mules were carrying the stones from Sonprayag to Kedarnath.
He lambasted the officials form electricity and Jal Sansthan department for not making reserve backup arrangements and directed them to rectify it without any delay. he directed the officials to release 3 transformers, two of 2263 KVA AND ONE OF 25 KVA immediately.
He directed the UREDA and Jal Santhan department officials to ensure availability of warm drinking water for the mules deployed to take the pilgrims to Kedarnath.
The electricity department officials informed the commissioner that 12 km electricity underground line was being laid at Kedarnath out of which work on 4 km is complete. 19 transformers have been installed on the yatra route.
The health department officials informed during the meeting that 15 doctors from 6 Sigma health care Delhi will be providing health services to pilgrims on the route.
The officials were directed to install crash barriers on Tehri-Ghansali-Tilwada,Mayali-Guptkashi, Baswaada-MohanKhal motor road. The NH officials were directed to begin the work of laying sidewalls where ever the road cutting work was completed. The work at Vijaynagar,, Chandrapuri and Phata bridge would be completed till April end said the officials.
The commissioner Garhwal said that the progress will be reviewed again after April 15th and all departments should gear for the given task. He also directed the DM Rudraprayag to inspect the Khankra-Chatikhal Motor road.
The DM Rudprayag Mangesh Ghildyal, Chief Development officer DR Joshi, PWD Department, PWD SUPRINTENDANT Engineer Mukesh Parmar and other officials were present on the occasion.