Landslide affects ‘Chardham Yatra’ on Badrinath route in U’khand; 15,000 tourists stranded

19 May , 2017 , 09:16 PM
Landslide in Uttarakhand (Image: ANI)
Landslide in Uttarakhand (Image: ANI)

A landslide happened near Vishnuprayag on Badrinath route in Uttarakhand affecting "Chardham Yatra" in the state. Almost 15,000 tourists are stranded due to landslide.

District Collector Ashish Joshi said that BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads and it could be opened for the traffic by the afternoon on Saturday.

He also said efforts are on to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.

The landslide happened during the ongoing “Chardham Yatra” when almost 2.5 lakh pilgrims have visited the sacred temples in the state so far.

Earlier tourism minister Satpal Maharaj had instructed to regulate tourists' inflow in Rishikesh itself as it is quite high this year in comparison to last year.

"People have taken note of great significance of Char Dham destinations in the state after the President and Prime Minister visited Badrinath and Kedarnath, respectively. But, seeing people waiting in long queues for darshan, I have given strict instructions to regulate tourists' inflow in Rishikesh itself," said tourism minister Satpal Maharaj.

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First Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 07:37 PM
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