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Uttarakhand: Rishikesh-Badrinath NH blocked due to landslide

Uttarakhand: Rishikesh-Badrinath NH blocked due to landslide

The landslide occurred some nine kilometers from the town of Joshimath and damaged about 60 meters (196 feet) of the highway between the towns of Rishikesh and Badrinath.

Around 15,000 tourists were stranded after a landslide near Vishnuprayag on Badrinath route on Friday, said reports.

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The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working to clear the debris, and the highway will be open today, the news agency quoted Rawat as saying.

From last few years, frequent landslides and floods are observed in Uttarakhand which put thousands of pilgrimage stranded and lives of tens of people lost. Joshi had told reporters that the authorities were making every effort possible to provide all the facilities to the stranded pilgrims at Joshimath, Karnaprayag, Pipalkoti, Govindghat and Badrinath. "We need to make a temporary bypass for over 150 vehicles stranded on both sides of the blockade", Subramanian said.

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A large number of pilgrims throng Uttarakhand in summer for the Chardham Yatra - a holy tour of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. He had said that the roads could be opened up by Saturday afternoon. Landslides are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains.

The landslide happened during the ongoing "Chardham Yatra" when nearly 2.5 lakh pilgrims have visited the sacred temples in the state so far.

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