Massive landslide leaves 14000 pilgrims stuck on Badrinath highway

Posted May 20, 2017

The landslide occurred after a huge rock rolled down the hills and blocked a key road in Chamoli, reports said.

"Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and other authorities are working on clearing the debris and route will be opened today; all the suitable arrangements are in place", Rawat tweeted.

The National Highway to Rishikesh-Badrinath was blocked by landslide at Hathi Parvat near Vishnuprayag on Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of Char Dham pilgrims stranded in Uttarakhand have been rescued said Maharashtra's Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation, Chandrakant Patil. According to him, the roads are expected to be opened for the traffic by Saturday afternoon. A BRO official told TOI that least 150 vehicles were stranded on both sides of affected area.

Badrinath is a Hindu pilgrim site in Uttarakhand. Keeping in view the danger posed by intermittent fall of debris from the mountain, the district administration has arranged for safety of travellers at convenient places in advance, Joshi said.

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

Due to the landslide, pilgrims who were on their way to Badrinath have temporarily stopped at Joshimath, Pipalkoti and Karnaprayag, the district magistrate confirmed.