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Outside help not required to restore Kedarnath temple

By:  Tupaki Desk   |   3 July 2013 10:44 AM GMT
Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch said Wednesday outside help was not required to restore Uttarakhand's 11th century Kedarnath temple that was damaged in last month's deluge.

"We want to restore the temple to its original glory and we have the best experts. It should be left to the department (Archaeological Survey of India) to do it," Katoch said at a press conference here.

"Others shouldn't interfere, otherwise they will bring their own ideas," she added.

The minster's response came on a question whether the central government would accept Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's offer to help rebuild the temple.

Katoch said the ministry had sent a team of experts to assess the damage to the temple but they could not reach there due to bad weather. "As soon as the weather clears, we will do it," she said.

On the funding required to rebuild the temple, she said the ASI will seek funds from the centre, the National Culture Fund and also raise money through public participation.

"The state government can also contribute whatever they can," she said.

ASI director general Pravin Srivastava said the Kedarnath temple was estimated to have been built in the 11th century and the front wall had been rebuilt or restored in the 18th century.