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Uttarkhand to restore Kedarnath temple without Gujarat help

New Delhi, July 3, 2013 (PTI)
A view of the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath from a helicopter after a flood, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Ap Photo


 The Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand was "partially destroyed" and suffered serious damages in the recent floods but government would make all efforts to restore it to its "original glory", Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch today said.


A team of ASI officials and experts was sent to Uttarakhand to visit the temple and assess the damage. However, the chopper carrying the team could not land due to bad weather, she told reporters here.

"After the natural calamity in Uttarakhand, the Kedarnath Temple was partially destroyed. We had sent a team to assess the damage and how we could restore it... Unfortunately, due to bad weather they could not reach the site," Katoch said.
The minister maintained that the team will be sent as soon as the weather clears. Rescue and rehabilitation as well as construction of roads are the priority at the moment, she said.

"The team will have to assess the damages and what would be the expenditure to restore it. We want to start work as soon as we get the clearance from the state government," she said.

She maintained that the temple has suffered a "lot of damage".

Katoch said provision have been made for funds for ASI to begin the work. Uttarakhand government will also contribute and the ministry will encourage public participation in the process.

The minister, however, ruled out any role for any other state government in restoration work.

Asked about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's offer to rebuild the temple, she said, "We will have to preserve the monument. If we give the restoration work to others they will do it in their own way. ASI has the best experts. They will do the restoration work keeping the originality in mind."

She said ASI is involved in restoration of heritage buildings in other countries and this work should be left for them to handle.


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