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Houses for Uttarakhand flood victims to be put in place by Oct. 30: Bahugana

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna

Pre-fabricated house structures will be put in place at 19 locations in Uttarakhand before October 30 to rehabilitate those displaced in the catastrophic June flash floods, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has said.

“We have identified 19 locations in the State where pre-fabricated structures will be put in place to rehabilitate those who were displaced due to the catastrophic floods.

“Around 70 to 100 families can be rehabilitated in one village which will have all the basic facilities including school, hospital and a community centre,” Mr. Bahuguna told PTI in an interview.

“The life span of these houses is estimated to be more than 35 years. We have floated tenders in this regard and the deadline has been set for October 30. The State Government is giving Rs. 3000 rent per month to them as of now,” he said.

Mr. Bahuguna also said that he hopes to bring the State’s tourism-based economy back on track before the next summer.

“Uttarakhand’s economy is based on tourism and we are working hard to bring that back on track. We are working round the clock and hope that things will get normal before the next summer though weather will play a major role in this,” the Chief Minister said.

On being asked if the State was facing any financial crisis, Mr. Bahuguna said it was getting enough support from the Centre but added that he was willing to accept other States’ contribution for the renovation work in Kedarnath.

“We are getting enough financial assistance from the Centre. As far as renovation of Kedarnath temple is concerned, it will be done primarily by the Uttarakhand Government but we are open to accept assistance from other States.

“We will make the budget and design public and will ask for public’s comment on it. If any other State wants to help us, they can,” he said. Mr. Bahuguna also said that the government will accept only cheques and no cash transactions will be allowed in order to prevent it from going into the wrong hands.

Reiterating that the Kedarnath valley will be resettled scientifically, the Chief Minister said that no construction will be allowed near the temple.

“Now the temple campus will be spacious and no construction will be allowed near it. The divine rock, the boulder which withstood the floods, will be strengthened and will be developed into a memorial,” he said.

Following on the lines of Amarnath yatra, Mr. Bahguna said registration for Kedarnath yatra will also be made mandatory.

“Not only registration will be mandatory but night halts will also be regulated. We are also requesting for alternative routes for all the four shrines (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamnotri) in view to speed up evacuation process in case of any natural calamity. Use of cable cars will also be promoted in the hills,” he said.

Mr. Bahuguna will be laying down the foundation stones of a nursing college, degree college and a new Tehsil on Wednesday after the resumption of prayers at Kedarnath temple. - PTI


  • Pre-fabricated structures will be put in place at 19 locations across the State

  • 70 to 100 families will be rehabilitated in one village which will have all the basic facilities



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