New Delhi: A day after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi offered to rebuild Kedarnath temple, the Centre on Monday clarified that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will reconstruct the devastated temple complex in the rain-ravaged state of Uttarakhand.

Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch on Monday said that the ASI will renovate the Kedarnath temple and other ancient monuments in the state with the help of Uttarakhand government.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of an event, Katoch said that the ASI has experience and expertise in such renovation works not only in India but also in other countries.

A team of ASI experts will visit the hill state of Uttarakhand to access the magnitude of damage to ancient temples and monuments so that a blueprint could be prepared for restoration works.

It is worth mentioning that the issue of renovation of the damaged sites grabbed headlines after the Gujarat Chief Minister offered to reconstruct the temple. Reacting immediately to this offer, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh tweeted that such offer was already made by the Maharashtra Chief Minister too.


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