Indo-Tibetan Border Police, on Wednesday cleaned Badrinath temple premises in Chamoli District in Uttarakhand. Each year, the ITBP clean the temple and surrounding areas before the shrine is opened for the public.
This year a 60-member team from ITBP's Mountaineering and Skiing Institute carried out the clean-up.
ITBP personnel cleaned the 'Tapt Kund', banks of Alaknanda river areas. The personnel also cleaned roads approaching the Badrinath temple. These include foot trails.
The area received heavy snowfall this year. Due to this, the temple premises, the foot bridge were cut-off for more than 2 months.
Gates of the temple will be opened as scheduled on May 10, 2019. The gates were closed on November 20, 2018.
About 11 lakh pilgrims had visite the temple last year. Out of these, 1 lakh had turned up in the first week itself. This year, it is estimated that2 lakh pilgrims may come in the first month itself.