New Delhi: A major mishap may have been averted, claim the administration, in Uttarakhand. Thousands of pilgrims, 25,000, to be precise, are stranded as there was a major landslide near Vishnu Prayag. The landslide has been such a major one that it has damaged nearly 65 meters of Highway.
Sources are telling that it will take more than two days to clear the debris. The administration says that all the stranded pilgrims are safe. There is nothing to worry, according to them.
A major portion of a hill collapsed on the highway near Hathipahad, blocking the road and leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck on both sides.
Hathipahad has become a major trouble spot for pilgrims going to the Badrinath shrine as rains in the hilly region trigger landslides every year.
A major boulder has damaged about 65 meters of the road and the number of vehicles struck is said to be around 500.
Pilgrims who have reached the Badrinath shrine have been stopped there and asked not to take the return journey for the next 24 hours.
Those stranded between Hathipahad and the Badrinath shrine have been given refuge in the Govindghat Gurudwara. Officials have made arrangements for food and lodging.