Pilgrims asked not to come Badrinath for time being

Last Updated: Monday, July 20, 2009 - 19:04

Dehra Dun: Pilgrims were today asked not to
visit Badrinath shrine for the time being after it was cut off
from rest of the country due to cloudburst in Lambagar and
Tangari in Chamoli on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway in
Uttarakhand.

The advice came from Ramesh Pokhriyak Nishank who also
asked the pilgrims to visit the Badrinath temple only after
the road links at Lambagar and Tangari are restored, said an
official release.

He also talked to the officials of Border Road
Organisation which is repairing the roads and asked them to
reopen the road for traffic as early as possible.

Nishank also directed Chamoli District Magistrate Arun
Dhaundiyal to ensure availability of food items for pilgrims
who are held up at various points in and around Badrinath and
keep a watch on restaurant owners and hoteliers so that they
do not charge arbitrarily from pilgrims.

Dhaundiyal said nearly 1000 pilgrims are stranded in
Badrinath area.

He said a temporary bridge has been erected in the area
which is being used for people`s movement on feet.

Dhaundiyal said a bridge and nearly 70-meter stretch of
a road at Lambagar was blocked due to the landslides trigerred
by the cloudburst in the area on July 19 disrupting traffic on
Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway.

Meanwhile, the BRO personnel are working to mend road and
clear the debris at Lambagar, the highly fragile zone in the
Himalayan belt.

Dhaundiyal said BRO officials have assured him that they
would restore the road link by Wednesday.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, July 20, 2009 - 19:04

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