In order to develop Badrinath as Spiritual Smart Hill Town, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Rs 19 Crore was signed between Secretary Uttarakhand Tourism Dilip Jawalkar on behalf of Shri Kedarnath Utthan Charitable Trust (SKUCT) and Director (P and IR) Coal India Limited (CIL) SN Tiwary recently.
As per the MoU, the amount is being granted under a Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of Coal India Limited. It will be used for the road construction work in Badrinath.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Tourism Shri. Dilip Jawalkar said, “We are actively working to develop Badrinath as Spiritual Smart Hill Town. As a result, various Public Sector Units (PSU's) are coming together and initiating to do the same under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives."
Adding further to this he said, "We recently signed an MoU with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) for the development work in Badrinath. We are also going to sign MoU's with Tehri Hydro Power Complex (THDC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), and National Hydro Power Corporation Limited (NHPC) of Rs. 245 Crore for Badrinath development work."