Watch: IAF helicopters evacuate crashed civilian aircraft from Kedarnath
Sunday, 27 October 2019 The civilian aircraft had crashed a few days back at an altitude of 11,500 feet at the helipad near the Kedarnath temple. Due to connectivity issues, it wasn't feasible to transport the wreckage to a lower region.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter, at a forward airbase near India-China border, carried out night operations. These attack helicopters are fully loaded with fire-and-forget anti tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions. Apache helicopters also have modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to the helicopter in a network centric aerial warfare. These aircrafts have been modified specifically to suit the exacting standards demanded by IAF.
Indian Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft conducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. Chinook heavylift helicopter also joined the night operation. The Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced deployment of frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in its key bases along the Line of Actual Control. The air activities in the Ladakh area and other places along the China border had gone up extensively soon after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army personnel lost their lives.
District Administration has completed the preparations to open the 'Chardham Yatra' for pilgrims from within the state from July 1. The pilgrimage was remained shut for months to curb the spread of COVID-19. The pilgrims visiting the temples will be limited and they will not be allowed to enter some parts of the temples. Wearing masks, sanitising hands and maintaining social distance will be mandatory during the pilgrimage. The four famous Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand's Garhwal region are known as 'Chardham'.
Temples will close their doors for devotees ahead of solar eclipse, which will take place on June 21. Eclipses are believed to bring negative effects and harmful radiations. Portals of Badrinath and Kedarnath will remain closed from 10 pm today. Devotees will not be allowed for darshan in Bengaluru temples from June 21 morning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 10 conducted a review of the Kedarnath Math development and reconstruction project with the Uttarakhand state government via video conferencing. Laying out his vision for the reconstruction of the shrine, PM said that the Uttarakhand government should envision and design development projects for holy sites like Kedarnath and Badrinath in a way and manner that stands the test of time and is yet eco-friendly. As part of specific suggestions, he also gave directions for further development of other heritage and religious spots in the stretch extending from Ramban to Kedarnath.