Tribune News Service
Mussoorie, January 20
The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat, commended the efforts of IAF for its contribution towards assisting restoration work in Kedarnath at a function held in Gauchar today.The MI 26 helicopter unloaded heavy machines in the last round thatwas conducted today.
The chief minister appreciated the work of the IAF team for making the restoration work easier by lifting heavy machines to Kedarnath in the past 16 days.
The Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Sharma and Deputy Speaker Anusuya Mekhuri met the entire IAF team and appreciated the work done by them under difficult weather conditions. The chief minister also commended the role of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and especially Col Ajay Kothiyal and his team for working day and night to accomplish a Herculean job in a very short time period.
The MI-26 helicopter after completing the job returned to Chandigarh base in the evening. CM Harish Rawat speaking on the occasion said that the NIM and IAF teams have worked under severe cold conditions and this showed that the state has come out of disaster mode and was on the path of development.
He also said that the cargo helicopters have unloaded around 125 tonnes of heavy machinery in the past 16 days and this will help in speedy restoration work and development of the area.
The chief minister also joined in the birthday celebrations of Wing Commander AS Bajwa inside the helicopter by cutting the cake along with him.
The team leader Wing Commander GS Tung said that the task was possible due to the hard work done by NIM employees and local administration.
He also said that flying over the narrow valleys of Kedarnath was a challenge in itself but the task was completed as all involved contributed towards it in their own way.NIM principal Col. Kothiyal, DM, udraprayag, Raghav Langar, DM, Chamoli Ashok Kumar, SP, Chamoli, SK Meena and others were present on the occasion.