Dehra Dun: Several roads in Uttarakhand,
including national highways leading to the shrines of
Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri, were blocked by landslides
triggered by heavy rains stranding hundreds of pilgrims,
official sources on Wednesday said.
Rishikesh-Badrinath national highway was blocked just two
km away from Badrinath shrine following landslides caused by
heavy rains, they said, adding hundreds of pilgrims were
stranded in the area.
Efforts are on to remove the debris from the road and
personnel of Border Road Organisation (BRO) have been deployed
to clear it and open the road for vehicular traffic.
Rishikesh-Kedarnath national highway has also been blocked
at Sirobagad due to landslides triggered by heavy rains.
Meanwhile, traffic on Rishikesh-Gangotri national highway
between Dharasu and Nalupani could not be resumed on the third
consecutive day today as landslides continued to hit the area.
Long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of the
road due to the landslides that hit the area on Monday.
The Almora-Pithoragarh road was also blocked due to
landslides between Makrau and Thiari. PWD personnel have been
deployed to restore traffic.