"The structural conservation as well as chemical preservation work has been stopped since November 2 due to snowfall and severe winter conditions at the site and the ASI team has returned from the temple site. Also, it was not possible to work at the site as the temple gates close for worship on November 5," an official statement said.
The work would resume next year in consultation with the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC), it said.
The ASI, in first phase, has removed parts of debris deposited on the southern, western and eastern side. Nearly 489 cubic meter of debris deposit has been removed from the plinth and approximately 635 square metre area of plinth has been cleared.
The ASI team executed the work at site, despite difficult working conditions compounded due to harsh weather conditions and snowfall.
Also, the necessary stone packing to the damaged portions of the temple walls had been done. Replacement of damaged wooden door on the western side of the temple has been also completed.
Apart from it, cleaning of Garbha Griha walls has been done up to about nine feet height. The ASI team is preparing a total station survey plan of about 50 X 50 meters of the temple site for which field data has been collected with the Geological Survey of India (GSI).


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