In a tragic incident, nearly 15,000 tourists were stranded after a massive landslide was reported in Uttarakhand’s Vishnuprayag region that lies on the Badrinath route. The landslide was caused due to the incessant rainfall in Chamoli district over the past few days.
Reportedly, the landslide that began in the afternoon at nearly 3:30 pm led to the closedown of Badrinath highway. The incident led state authorities to stop tourists and pilgrims from moving ahead on the Badrinath route. A portion of the highway was also damaged.
Along with people, nearly 500 vehicles are stranded on either side of the Badrinath route. Reportedly, some of the pilgrims have been given shelter at the adjoining Joshimath, Chamoli, and Pipalkoti.
“The Badrinath highway could be turned operational only by tomorrow afternoon. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel are actively engaged in the repair work,” said District Collector Ashish Joshi. The Collector also told that women and kids were taken to Govindghat gurudwara in Chamoli to rest till the highway is opened for traffic.
The incident took place month after a plea was heard by the National Green Tribunal, seeking immediate intervention in the ‘chardham highway’ project. Filed by Birendra Singh Mathura and others, the petition said the debris of road construction was being dumped at adjacent vegetation and river basins that would destabilize the land. Meaning, it would sequentially lead to numerous landslides, the petitioners claimed.
Uttarakhand, which is inclined to earth falls, saw most terrible landslide in Kedarnath and Badrinath in 2013. Over 11,000 people were killed in the disastrous incident.