Dehradun : The BadriKedar Temple Committee ( BKTC ) and Tirumala Tirupati Devas thanam ( TTD ) are set to sign an MoU on October 7 , wherein the latter will provide technical assistance to help manage crowd , provide financial assistance and improve healthcare services at Kedarnath dham , which witnessed record 13.25 lakh devotees so far this year .
Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj had earlier sought assistance of the Andhra Pradesh government to have TTD – like facilities at Kedarnath as well . Andhra Pradesh deputy CM Kottu Satyanarayana is scheduled to arrive in Uttarakhand on October 7 and both sides will sign the MoU. At present , the second phase of infrastructure and development work worth Rs 200 crore is underway at Kedarnath.
Maharaj ” I had met the Andhra deputy CM and we discussed the issue at length . We sought assistance from the trust as it has vast experience in this field . Crores of devotees turn up at Tirupati temple each year . In contrast , the annual pilgrimage at Kedarnath is for six months in a year and has a different set of challenges . The expertise of the trust could help us in many ways .
When asked about the areas where the trust could provide help , Maharaj said , ” It can fund many of the infrastructure and health care projects . Besides , crowd management is an important area where they can help us . “