A massive avalanche occurred in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, behind the Kedarnath Dham on October 1. Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee president informed that no casualties were reported from the incident. The incident occurred after a giant glacier behind Kedarnath broke for a second time since last month. With this, details regarding the Yatra and its status are currently awaited.
The Badrinath National Highway-7 in Karnprayag was closed for many hours on August 4 because of rocks falling from a hill near Panchpulia. According to Superintendent of Police Chamoli Shweta Choubey, the task of opening the roadway has been undertaken. Passengers traveling to Badrinath at night were stopped at Gauchar for safety, and pilgrims traveling to Rishikesh were halted between Karnprayag and Langasu.
A section of the Badrinath National Highway-7 (NH-7) in Uttarakhand was destroyed because of rising water in the Khachda drain near Lambagad. Pilgrims were left stuck on both sides of the road after the event. The Dehradun Meteorological Centre issued an orange signal for the following four days beginning on July 29… read-more
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In Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag, an under-construction bridge collapsed near Narkota area, killing more than half a dozen labourers, on July 20. The bridge was located on Rishikesh-Badrinath highway, just six kilometres from Rudraprayag. Reportedly, six people have been rescued and admitted to a hospital, and four-five are feared to have been trapped. SDRF and police officials are present on site, to carry out the rescue operation.
Vehicular movement Uttarakhand's Badrinath-Kedarnath highway came to a halt, on June 30. The traffic was disrupted due to debris caused by the onset of monsoon. According to the Rudraprayag police, the Sirobgad area has been closed since 4 am due to debris and stones falling continuously from the hill. Earlier, IMD had issued yellow alert in Uttarakhand till June 29, due to incessant rains.
Within just over a month of its commencement, the Char Dham Yatra in Garhwal Himalayas received a record number of over 18 lakh pilgrims. As of June 10, Badrinath received 6,18,312 pilgrims and Kedarnath 5,98,590. Meanwhile, Gangotri received 3,33,909 pilgrims and Yamunotri received 2,50,398 pilgrims. With this a total of 18,01,209 pilgrims visited the Himalayan temples this year.
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The Rishikesh-Badrinath highway is now open for the public after it was closed due to heavy rainfall, the District administration of Tehri confirmed on September 2. Earlier on August 27, Ashish Shrivastava, DM of Devprayag, issued an order to close the route between Tapovan and Devprayag owing to debris caused by heavy rains. Vehicles are now allowed to commute from 8 am-5 pm.
Indian Railways is soon going to construct a 327 km long railway-line to connect the four holy places, making the Char Dham Yatra easily accessible in the coming days. The following railway line will be interlinking Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri-Yamunotri via Dehradun and Karanprayag. As per the reports, major parts of inaccessible hilly regions will be included in the… read-more
Courtesy: The Times Of India