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President addressed a special session of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly

Dehradun : President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon the legislators to make fullest use of the question hour to raise the issues of the common man. He advised them to involve in debate and even dissent but not in disruption. The President was addressing special session of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly in Dehradun today. Mr. Mukherjee expressed concern over shrinking time for legislation across the country. 

Mr. Mukherjee however acclaimed the passage of a number of bills by both house of the Parliament recently. Citing an example of the India Bangladesh Land Border Act that was enacted recently, he said it would go a long way to strengthen India's relations with neighbouring Bangladesh. 

He appreciated the efforts made by the Uttarakhand Government to overcome the devastation that it faced in the Kedarnath deluge two years ago. Hailing the natural bounties of the state and the hospitality of its people, he said the Deve Bhumi has been able to restore its pilgrimage and tourism on time. He said Uttarakhand is home to  shrines like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hemkuth Sahib and the sacred site Peeran Kalier where people in large number come from all parts of India and abroad. He also hailed the environmental awareness that Uttarakhand pioneered in the shape of Chipko movement years ago. 

Earlier the Governor of Uttarakhand Mr. Krinshnakant Paul enumerated the efforts that his government made to restore the pilgrimage of Kedarnath after the calamity of June, 2013. He also recalled the efforts made in the state to empower the women and the weaker sections. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Mr. Harish Rawat and the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Mr. Ajay Bhatt also spoke on this occasion.



President Mukherjee reached Dehradun

Dehradun: President Pranab Mukherjee reached the capital Dehradun on Monday, 18/05/2015 and was welcomed by Governor KK Paul and Chief Minister Harish Rawat at Jolly Grant Airport. The Governor accompanied the President in the presidential helicopter to reach GTC Helipad. The Governor welcomed the President at the Raj Bhavan.

A reception has been organised for the President at Raj Bhavan today, from 6.18 pm to 6.59 pm; the President will meet the invited guests at the reception. A cultural programme has also been organised from 7 pm to 7.30 pm in which the culture of the state will be presented.

The stay for the President has been organised at Raj Bhavan. It has also been plannned that he will plant a sapling at Raj Bhavan tomorrow before leave for GTC Helipad, on his way back.

The police on Sunday (day before) conducted a mock drill to check security preparedness ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee’s two-day visit  to Dehradun. Massive arrangements are in place to ensure fullproof security during his visit.

A total of 14 SPs, 18 ASPs, 30 inspectors, 100 each SIs and constables, 60 woman constables, 50 traffic personnel, and the eight companies of PAC have been deployed across the city.  Barricades have been put on the Haridwar road and Defence Colony road to prevent any untoward incident. A preventive arrangement has also been made enroute Jolly Grant, in case the President has to travel on road.

The vehicular flow was stopped at important inter-crossings for nearly 25 minutes to allow passing of President’s convoy of around 40 cars in the city. The traffic was diverted at major inter-crossings of the city, which caused a huge congestion and a lot on inconvience was faced by the doonites. Main areas affected by Cantt. Road, rajpur Road, EC Road, Araghar and Haridwar Road till Vidhansabha turning as the entire route from raj Bhawan to Vidhansabha was turned into a zero zone.

With so much of diverting of the traffic the entire city went into a confused state traffic condition for four hours, however, the educated city and people cooperated with the polite working of the administration and by the evening everything came back to normal.

News about the Interruption in Badrinath Yatra is completely false

Dehradun : News about the Interruption in Badrinath Yatra is completely false. Badrinath Yatra is going on smoothly under monitoring of State Government. Where roads have damaged due to repeatedly landslide optional arrangements have been ensured for the tourists of Badrinath Shrine. Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma informed that a part of land of 150-meter has down merged at Marwari near Joshimath as debris has sprat over the 400-500 meter. Government has done optional arrangements so that Yatra may not be affected. Officials of BRO assured that damaged part of the road will be reopened within 72 hours.

Additional Chief Secretary clarified that news of Yatra obstruction is entirely false. A land slide occurred near Marwari and BRO is trying to reopen it but a land slide re-occurred around 4:30 AM on the same spot. DM and other officials reached on the spot immediately and movement of tourists started again there around 8:30 AM. Senior Officials from the government have been sent there.
Additional Chief Secretary told that chief minister reached Joshimath  and inspected the spot himself. Today 650 people were dispatched on secure places from the Badrinath Road as 150 devotees by Helicopter and 500 devotees  by road were dispatched. Shri Sharma informed that no tourist is unsafe at any place only 150 devotees staying at Badrinath Shrine by their will. Until the Yatra route is entirely re-opened for the tourists devotees would be transported by transship. Tourist have to walk by foot up to 2 Km as for the purpose tourist would be dispatched Badrinath from Govindghat through vehicles as 30 vehicles  are available for this purpose already. Adequate food and drinking water arrangements have been ensured on the Yatra Route. Government is putting all its efforts that there may not be any kind of obstruction in yatra due to natural climate. Smooth conduction of Yatra and safety of tourists is our priority.  Until the Badrinath Yatra route re-opens entirely for smooth transportation of vehicles Helicopter Service has been started from Govindghat to Joshimath by paying Rs 750 only for tourist interests.       
State Government is actively watchful on the Chardham Yatra. Chief Minister Harish Rawat directed that all the senior officials and district officials would be in contact with Chief Secretary. Chief Secretary or Chief Minister Office to be contacted directly In the hour of crisis. In the line with the directions of Chief Minister, necessary guidelines have been issued by Chief Secretary  all the senior officials. Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Secretary, Secretary In-charge have been directed to open their mobile phone for 24 hours as they may be contacted at any time and expected quick response by the officials as no excuses will be tolerated. If any citizen contacts on mobile return call should be insured.  All officials would be present or in contact even on holiday period (except if they are on the tour with permission of  chief Secretary). All the senior officials of government have been expected to be available for governmental duties pro-actively. All officials have been directed not to apply for any kind of leave considering the on-going chardham Yatra.
Chief Minister is monitoring the Vishuparyag land slide zone himself. He directed the additional chief secretary Rakesh Sharma and Principal Secretary Home Manisha Pawar for continuous monitoring. Secretary Disaster Management , Secretary PWD and IG Garhwal has been sent on the spot. All the three officials have been directed to organize camp at Govind Ghat.