Lucknow: Army's Central Command has started work to open a new 20-km route to Kedarnath Valley.

With MET department forecasting more rains, opening a new land route was the only solution to gain continued access to the 8th-century shrine, an Army release said on Thursday.

On request from the civil administration and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), teams of the Army's Surya Command conducted a reconnaissance of the area and commenced work to open a land route, it said.

After much difficulty, the teams successfully established a crossing over the Vasuki Ganga at Sonprayag on Wednesday. The leading team comprising 21 persons, including four officers, crossed the river and reached Gomkara and camped there for the night at an altitude of approximately 13,000 feet.

Another team with logistical support on Thursday crossed the river at Sonprayag and is now moving on the route opened by the leading team, it said. This team will establish a staging area in Gomkara.

The new route is likely to follow the Sonprayag-Gomkar-Dev Vishnu-Dhungaj Giri-Kedarnath alignment and will be approximately 20km in length, passing an altitude of over 13,000 feet.


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