Dehradun, November 20
Inability to hand over the Kedarnath temple for undertaking restoration and conservation work eight years ago has cost the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee dearly. The temple faced flood fury during the mid-June natural disaster .
“Eight years ago, the ASI was keen on undertaking restoration work at both the Badrinath and Kedarnath temples but the committee members did not relent. Had we undertaken periodic conservation work, it would have helped in lessening the process of decay and would have also enhanced the durability of the temples,” said KS Rana, Director of Science Branch.
He said since the Kedarnath and Badrinath temples were not protected monuments, the ASI could have intervened by offering technology for conservation purpose.
“In cases where the temples and heritage buildings are not under our protection, at the behest of the trust that owns these could approach us by bearing the costs for undertaking conservation efforts,'' said Rana.

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