Uttarakhand Will Become The Most-Loved Hill State, Says PM Modi In Kedarnath

| October 20 , 2017 , 12:08 IST

Accompanied by Uttarakhand  Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Governor KK Paul and Uttarakhand BJP President Ajay Bhatt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Kedarnath shrine on Friday morning, a day before the shrine closes for the winter on Saturday.

Addressing a gathering in the Kedarnath Valley, PM Modi highlighted the plans of the government for the development of Uttarakhand, saying that Uttarakhand will become the 'most-loved hill state' and that Kedarnath will be returned to its days of glory.

"I seek the blessings of Bhole Baba and pledge to devote myself fully to realising the dream of a developed India by the time we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022," said PM Modi.

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"The floods of 2013 had made all of us extremely sad. That time I was not the Prime Minister, I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I came here to do all that I could for victims. But the state government said they didn't need any help. But then the people of Uttarakhand voted the BJP into power," he continued.

"Through the work we are doing in Kedarnath, we want to show how an ideal 'Tirth Kshetra' should be, how it should be pilgrim friendly and the wellbeing of the priests should be given importance," the PM said.  

"We need more corporate support to work on the development of the country. We need more companies and their corporate social responsibility activities to work on this nation. Will fully develop India by 2022," he said.

"We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved. We will ensure the environment is not damaged," PM Modi said.

"Will work on the development of Mandakini Ghats and the priests of this state, look after their wellbeing," he said.

"I want to invite the state government of Uttarakhand to adopt a green and organic way of life. I want the entire state of Uttarakhand to abandon chemicals and artificial elements to explore the scope of the mighty Himalayas and develop the state. Tourism has immense scope in the state, adopt green ways to move forward towards development," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Uttarakhand will end up being the most-loved hill state. Will develop Kedarnath and take it back to its days of glory," said PM Modi.

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"I ask all hill states of the nation to come together to work on overall development of these states. Let's compete with each other to perform better than each other towards developing tourism and a green environment," he said.

"The Himalayas have so much to offer- for spiritual pursuits, for the nature lover, for those interested in adventure, water sports. I invite everyone to come and explore the Himalayas," the PM said.  

"If we protect the environment, it will protect us in return," said Prime Minister Modi.

During the visit, the PM is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for several reconstruction projects including the renovation of the tomb of Adi Guru Shankaracharya which was devastated in the flash floods that hit the state in 2013.

This marks the second visit of PM Modi to Kedarnath this season, as he had visited the shrine earlier on May 3 when it had reopened after the winter break.