04 November 2018
Bhubaneswar: The 42 pilgrims from Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district, who were stranded at Badrinath Dham in Uttarakhand due to intense snowfall, have been safely evacuated.
Reportedly, on instruction of the Chief Minister, office of Chief Resident Commissioner (CRC), Government of Odisha at New Delhi, had contacted the Additional Resident Commissioner of Uttarakhand and asked her to take needful action and also informed the concerned authorities for safe evacuation from Badrinath to their place of stay, Pipalkoti.
Following it, the pilgrims were accommodated in a Dharmasala at Badrinath. The CRC's office also contacted Chamoli SDM Y Singh and requested him to ensure their safety and provide relief measures.
Situation was continuously being monitored from control room of CRC office which also contacted the stranded persons and informed them about the progress of the road clearance.
Necessary measures, as requested by Ganjam Collector, were taken by the concerned Uttarakhand District Administration to provide food, water, medicine and accommodation till clearance of the road and departure by bus.
They finally arrived safely at the place of their stay at Pipalkoti, which is around two hours from Badrinath.