Uttarakhand landslide: Several tourists stranded; CM Rawat assures blocked roads will be cleared today
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said Saturday there were no injuries, no injuries or no passengers stranded after the landslide on Friday, and said all roads blocked Would be released today.
“No one was blocked, there were no unfortunate incidents, 1800 tourists (against 15K declared) were affected and arrangements were made for them.” Rawat said in a series of tweets.
Declaring that the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and other authorities are working to remove debris and that the road will be open today, Rawat said: “All appropriate arrangements are in place.”
The national road to Rishikesh-Badrinath was closed near Vishnuprayag in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand due to a landslide, after which hundreds of pilgrims were feared in some places.
The highway was closed near Vishnuprayag, one of the five confluences of the Alaknanda River, between Joshimath (also known as Jyotirmath) and Badrinath, the famous pilgrim of the state of the hill.
In the afternoon, landslides occurred here after enormous rocks rolled on Hathi Pahar Mountain. The area between the highway and the Alaknanda River was filled with debris.
District Magistrate Ashish Joshi said that the BRO (Border Roads Organization) staff was committed to clearing the roads and that it could be opened for traffic in the afternoon tomorrow.
He also said that efforts were being made to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are in Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.
Pilgrims were asked to stay in these places until the path was cleared ….