The annual pilgrimage to the four Himalayan shrines in Uttarakhand are scheduled to begin on May 2 when the sacred portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri will be thrown open to devotees after a nearly six-month winter break when the temples remain snowbound and inaccessible.

Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar who held a meeting with officials on Thursday to review preparations for the yatra said all that remains to be done must be expedited in view of the proximity of the April 30 deadline for road restoration work set by Chief Minister Harish Rawat.

He also asked them to speed up work on removal of large boulders from riverbeds and construction of embankments along the Ganga and its tributaries in Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts which were the worst hit by the mid-June calamity last year.

Kumar, who visited the affected areas en-route to the four shrines recently to take stock of preparations for the yatra said he will soon revisit them to assess the progress made on that front.

Assuring BRO of adequate supply of funds whenever needed, Kumar asked its officials to fast-track the remaining road repair work.

(Agencies)

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