The Badrinath national highway in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district was reopened after being blocked for over 17 hours due to a massive landslide triggered by heavy rain. This incident left hundreds of pilgrims stranded, forcing them to spend the night in their vehicles.
Highway Blockade and Reopening
The Badrinath national highway was blocked around 10 am on Thursday due to a landslide caused by heavy rain. The blockade lasted for more than 17 hours, inconveniencing a significant number of pilgrims. However, the authorities managed to reopen the highway at 3:30 am on Friday, allowing traffic to resume.
Stranded Pilgrims and Relief Measures
Over 10,000 pilgrims, including those on their way to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, were stranded as a result of the highway blockade. The landslide affected a 100-meter stretch of the highway, leading to a massive traffic jam with hundreds of vehicles stuck in the area.
To assist the stranded pilgrims, the local administration made arrangements for their accommodation and provided food at nearby locations such as Birhi, Chamoli, and Pipalkoti. The authorities ensured the safety and well-being of the pilgrims during their wait for the highway to reopen.
Support for Stranded Pilgrims
In addition to the relief measures provided by the local administration, the district authorities also supplied food and water to the pilgrims who were stranded at the spot where the landslide occurred. Water tankers were stationed to provide drinking water to the affected individuals.
The authorities worked diligently to address the needs of the stranded pilgrims, ensuring their comfort and safety until the highway was reopened.
This incident serves as a reminder of the challenges and disruptions that can occur during pilgrimage journeys, especially in hilly regions prone to natural calamities.
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