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Pilgrimage to Yamunotri suspended

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 21:58

Dehradun: Rain-triggered landslides today
blocked vehicular traffic at Banas in Uttarkashi district
prompting authorities to suspend the pilgrimage to Yamunotri.

Authorities had yesterday suspended the pilgrimage to
Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, after landslides destroyed parts
of highway at Lambagar, Vishnuprayag and Pandukeshwar in
Chamoli district where hundreds of pilgrims remain stranded.
An official of the Disaster Management Mitigation Centre
(DMMC) here said the yatra to Yamunotri was suspended due to
landslides at Banas area.

The district administration has moved its resources to
clear the debris and repair the roads, but it could take a
couple of days to resume the vehicular traffic on the
Vishnuprayag-Pandukeshwar road, officials said.

The Uttarakhand government has roped in Border Road
Organization (BRO), ITBP and state police for making temporary
road arrangements.

"We are trying our best to make all sort of arrangements
for the safe return of the pilgrims stranded near the
Badrinath temple," District Magistrate of Chamoli, Neeraj
Semwal said.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is monitoring the
entire situation, an official spokesman said.

The yatra to Gangotri shrine also remained suspended
since Friday, after a road had caved in at Bhatwari area due
to landslides.


First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 21:58

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