No Badrinath Yatra for few days? The Badrinath yatra has been temporarily suspended after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst washed away part of the road on the pilgrimage route early on Thursday.
A 20m stretch of the motor-able road was washed away near Lambagar area, 5km from Badrinath shrine, on the Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway in Chamoli district. Around 400 pilgrim are stranded at Badrinath and Joshimath. The floods were triggered after a rise in the water level of Lambagar stream following the cloudburst. No casualties have been reported.
The Congress-led state government on Thursday sounded an alert in Uttarakhand after the Met predicted heavy rainfall in the region. A senior officer in Uttarakhand disaster management department said officials, including DMs and DCs, in all districts have been asked to be cautious to ensure that no untoward incident occurs on the various routes of the Char Dham yatra that began on May 4.
A senior official of the state disaster response force (SDRF) told TOI most of the stranded pilgrims belong to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal. Senior district authorities have asked most of pilgrims not to resume their return journey till the road has been completely repaired. “As a sizable part of road has broken away, it will take some time to repair the road. The question of restarting the yatra to Badrinath does not arise until then,” said a senior IAS officer at Dehradun.
Chief secretary Subhash Kumar, however, said that most of the stranded pilgrims have been asked to stay in hotels, dharamshalas and guest houses at Badrinath and Joshimath till the road is cleared of the debris. “We have pressed into service 200 personnel of the border roads organization (BRO) to ensure restoration of road within a day or two so that the yatra can resume,” said Kumar.
“We are staying at a hotel in Badrinath till the yatra resumes. We have not faced any problems here yet,” said 56-year-old pilgrim Arjun Singh from Jaipur.
Source – Times of India.