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Landslide blocks Chardham Yatra route..,


By Darshan Kunwar 


Dehradun, July 27(HS) Joint teams of Director-General of Border Road Organisation ( DG-BRO) and State Disaster Response Force(SDRF) have been put to service to clear huge debris of massive landslide triggered by incessant heavy rains, on Sunday late night, near ITBP camp at Chamoli’s Gauchar on Rishikesh-Badrinath-Kedarnath National Highway. 


Although, no human casualties have been reported in the landslide, it has completely blocked the highway with serpentine long queues of motorists and other vehicles, son both sides of the highway. 


Most of them, who are trapped on the highway owing to massive landslide, are the devotees on way to Chardham Yatra from across the country.

 It has caused much inconvenience to the devotees on way to Gangotri, Yamnotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.


The Chardham Yatra that is a part of Uttarakhand religious tourism, began to gather momentum after state Government gave green signal to devotees from outside Uttarakhand to come to participate in Yatra three days ago on condition that they will strictly adhere to Covid-19 related guidelines. Prior to that Yatra was restricted to locals only.


“We are just waiting for the highway to be cleared. Unless landslide’s debris is removed to clear road, we will continue to be trapped here,” said a 45-year-old devotee from Maharashtra Rajiv Padgaonkar.


Senior DG-BRO officials here at Rishikesh, however, clarified that they have deployed JCB machines to clear the debris and hopefully, the highway will be cleared in a couple of hours. 


Meanwhile, in Pithoragarh district too, two residents are feared to be buried alive after two houses flattened on Sunday late night, due to the cloudburst triggered by heavy rains, at Jhula village in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district.

Hindusthan Samachar