Landslide on Badrinath route in Uttarakhand; hundreds of pilgrims stranded

Hundreds of Char Dham Yatra pilgrims were left stranded today after a landslide occurred near Vishnuprayag on Badrinath route in Uttarakhand.

The landslide blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district after which District Collector Ashish Joshi said BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads.

It is being hoped that the route can be opened for the traffic by tomorrow afternoon.

The administration is making all efforts to provide all facilities to 1,000-1,500 pilgrims who are at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath.

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A major portion of a hill collapsed on the highway near Hathipahad, blocking the road and leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck on both sides.

Hathipahad has become a major trouble spot for pilgrims going to the Badrinath shrine as rains in the hilly region trigger landslides every year.

Vehicles on both sides have been told not to move ahead.

A major boulder has damaged about 65 meters of the road and the number of vehicles struck is said to be around 500.

Pilgrims who have reached the Badrinath shrine have been stopped there and asked not to take the return journey for the next 24 hours.

Those stranded between Hathipahad and the Badrinath shrine have been given refuge in the Govindghat Gurudwara.

Lakhs of pilgrims visit Badrinath every year. So far there are no reports of any injuries.

Prone to frequent landslides and floods, Uttarakhand had faced one of the worst natural disaster in 2013 when thousands had perished following a cloudburst.

(Inputs from agencies)

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