A day after hundreds of pilgrims were stranded due to a massive landslide Uttarakhand’s Vishnuprayag, some of the debris has been cleared and around 800 pilgrims have resumed their journey to Badrinath. It may be recalled that the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was closed near Vishnuprayag due to the massive landslide. Vishnuprayag is one of the five confluences of Alaknanda River, between Joshimath and Badrinath, one of the most famous pilgrim spots in Uttarakhand. The state’s Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has given specific orders to the Secretary of Disaster Management Department to keep a close watch on the emerging situation.
However, hundreds of pilgrims are still stranded at various places in Vishnuprayag, Pandukeshwar and Govindghat. Government authorities are currently busy in providing food and lodging to stranded pilgrims. The Border Roads Organization (BRO) is also working tirelessly to clear the debris and it is expected that the road will be opened for traffic soon. Meanwhile, a report about 15,000 people being stranded has been rubbished by Chamoli District Magistrate. He said that the number of people stranded could not be more than 2000.