Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Kedarnath on Wednesday even as the sacred portals of the temple will be thrown open to devotees after being closed for winters. The visit comes after his announcement of ‘all-weather’ roads for the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand. It has been learned that PM Modi will be the first to offer prayers, according to The Indian Express report. Apart from PM Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee will be visiting Uttarakhand in the first week of May to pay obeisance at Badrinath and Kedarnath, a PTI report says.
According to PTI report, PM Narendra Modi was scheduled to arrive at the Jollygrant airport on May 3 in Dehradun. It has been learned that President Mukherjee will arrive on May 5 for a two-day visit during which he is scheduled to address the convocation of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy and visit Badrinath in Chamoli district the next day to offer prayers, an official release said, as per PTI report.
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PM Modi will arrive at the Jollygrant airport at 7.25 am on Wednesday and offer prayers at Kedarnath at 8.50 am. He will also pay a visit to Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar at 11.35 am to inaugurate a research centre there before leaving for Delhi the same day, the report said.
Notably, the sacred portals of Kedarnath will be thrown open to devotees after being closed for winters tomorrow, while those of Badrinath will reopen on May 6.
Meanwhile, Governor K K Paul had held a high-level meeting with officials, including Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy and DGP MA Ganpati, to review administrative preparedness for the upcoming visits of the two dignitaries. Paul asked the officials to make all security arrangements as per the norms for the president’s visit, right from his arrival at the Jollygrant airport to his departure for Delhi the next day after paying obeisance at the Himalayan shrine.
Mukherjee will arrive at the Jollygrant airport on May 5 and head straight to the IGNFA to address its convocation. He will then go to the Raj Bhawan where he will stay at night. The president will leave for Badrinath the following morning where he will offer prayers before returning to New Delhi the same day, the PTI report said.
The chief secretary also held a meeting to review the preparations and asked officials to ensure that all security arrangements are put in place in view of the two visits.