INDIA, September 6, 2013 (Press Information Bureau): Following is the statement issued by Union Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch to media persons here today:
In the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary, it was decided that Archaeological Survey of India will undertake necessary conservation works of Sri Kedarnath Temple that was damaged due to the recent disaster in Uttarakhand. Accordingly, a composite team comprising members of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Engineering Projects India Limited (EPIL) made a visit to Kedarnath on 02-03 August to assess damages to the temple and its adjoining areas.
Preliminary report by ASI indicate that overall the temple super-structure is in fair state of conservation although portions of the temple on northern, western and eastern sides have indicated moderate impact of the severe jolt due to floods and boulder movement. The temple structure was saved primarily due to the lodging of a large boulder on its northern side which deflected water and boulders and possibly prevented a direct impact.
ASI has dispatched its team to start the conservation of Sri Kedarnath Temple in consultation with the State Government, Kedarnath Development Authority and Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee. ASI has been advised to submit the Action Plan for Phase I by 09 September, and to begin the work only after 11 September, after the visit of CM, Uttarakhand to Kedarnath. Initially the works will include cleaning of the interior of temple, packing / consolidating loose stones and taking estampage of inscription within the temple.
Phase I of the conservation works will cost approximately Rs. 2.40 crores (US$368,000)."