Over 3,000 pilgrims brought safely to gurdwara in U'khand
Chandigarh: Over 3,000 pilgrims, who were stranded at Joshimath in the flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, were safely evacuated and brought to Nadrasu Gurdwara in the hill state.
"More than 3,000 pilgrims evacuated from Joshimath this morning had been brought to Nadrasu Gurdwara and it is hoped that they would be brought to the base relief camp of Punjab Government at Gurdwara in Rishikesh by Wednesday evening," a Punjab Government release said.
It said that these pilgrims were earlier expected to reach Rishikesh this afternoon, "but due to major landslides between Srinagar and Chamoli Highways, the ongoing rescue operations were hampered."
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was in regular touch with the teams of the state government deputed at Rishikesh and Joshimath and he has been informed that so far 6,300 pilgrims had been transported in the state.
Badal, the release said, has assured of all support and assistance to the Uttarakhand government till the entire rescue and rehabilitation operations were over.
According to A Venu Prasad, Secretary Housing, Punjab, who was in Rishikesh overseeing the entire operations of safely sending back the rescued pilgrims to their destinations in the state, said that all the pilgrims were well at Gurdwara Nadrasu, where all needful material including eatables, medical aids, clothes, langar had been provided.
Giving details about the pilgrims stranded at Badrinath, Prasad said that the helicopters were in service to evacuate the pilgrims struck there.
He said that now Badrinath is the focus of Punjab government's rescue teams and its choppers today brought more than 113 pilgrims to Joshimath under the command of Army authorities.
The official said that a special and dedicated team of trekkers to Badrinath has been dispatched for the facilitation of rescue teams.
He added that more than 700 kg of eatables, including dry fruits, biscuits, milk bags, packed foods etc have been sent in a helicopter for the pilgrims stranded at Badrinath.