|Project Detail :||The Badrinath temple township will be developed according to a master-plan in order to ensure that pilgrims have access to improved facilities. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, Tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar along with representatives of the consultant company visited Badrinath to inspect aspects of the proposed master plan.
The chief secretary said that Kedarnath is being developed with a master plan which is being appreciated too. Attempt is also being made to develop Badrinath similarly as per a master plan.
Noting that the number of tourists and pilgrims had increased this year compared to past years, he said that with the completion of all-weather road and Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail projects, a considerably high number of visitors are expected to arrive in Badrinath every year.
Along with Jawalkar, he sought information in detail from the consultants regarding the master plan for Badrinath.
Holding a meeting with district level officers, they also sought information about the works underway and proposed in Badrinath. The chief secretary directed officials to share data on these work with the consultants so that the proposed works can be included in the final master plan.
Jawalkar said that number of people arriving in Badrinath is increasing consistently due to improved helicopter connectivity. Developed roads in the future will further increase this number. The town is being planned in a way that will ensure better facilities for visitors in the coming years.
The draft will be prepared under the direction of the chief secretary and further action will be taken with the involvement of the locals. The officials also visited the border village of Mana near Badrinath
The Chamoli District Magistrate Swati Bhadauriya and other depatmental officials were also present during the visit of the senior officers.|