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Updated: August 1, 2013 23:50 IST

Do not rush Kedarnath restoration work: Speaker

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Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ajay Arora, who was swept away in the Mandakini river in Kedarnath on Tuesday. Photo: Virender Singh Negi
Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ajay Arora, who was swept away in the Mandakini river in Kedarnath on Tuesday. Photo: Virender Singh Negi

SDM swept away in river after he slips into it

Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal on Thursday advised the State government not to rush restoration works in Kedarnath and at the nearby areasin Rudraprayag district after Almora Sub Divisional Magistrate Ajay Arora was swept away in the Mandakini on Wednesday as he slipped while crossing a makeshift bridge.

Such incidents, Mr. Kunjwal said, could be avoided if the government was careful in executing projects. Many senior Provincial Civil Service Officers have wondered why Mr. Arora was forced to work even after he complained of high blood pressure and other ailments.

He said that the safety of the personnel deployed in Kedarghati, and that of the locals, was much more important.

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