Uttarakhand: Chardham Yatra halted due to heavy rains


Dehradun: Heavy rain and snowfall continued on high hills in Uttarakhand for the second day on Monday, bringing the Chardham Yatra to a halt. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah took information from Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami about the preparations being made for rescue in the wake of heavy rains in the state and sought all possible help from the central government. blessed Assurance. In view of the large number of pilgrims being in Chardham areas, Chief Minister Dhami directed them to be shifted to safer places, after which the pilgrims were stopped at the yatra halts.

Due to the weekend holidays after Dussehra, there are thousands of devotees and tourists in the state at this time. In view of the warning of heavy rains in the state till Tuesday, the Chief Minister is in constant touch with all the district magistrates and senior officers of the departments and agencies related to disaster management and is taking stock of the situation. Dhami has instructed the officials that arrangements for accommodation and food etc. should also be ensured for the passengers and tourists and there should be no negligence in this. He asked the district magistrates and senior superintendents of police to personally monitor the situation.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the passengers to be careful and requested to postpone the journey during this period. However, he said that there is no panic situation. As a precautionary measure on the instructions of the Chief Minister, all the schools from class one to twelve have been kept closed in the state. The Chief Minister said that the control rooms at the state, district, and tehsil levels should be operated 24 hours, and reports should be sent every hour from the districts in two days till Monday and Tuesday. State Director General of Police Ashok Kumar, who visited Kedarnath on Sunday, said that the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are on alert in all the districts after the warning of the Meteorological Department.


Meanwhile, pilgrims going on pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham have been stopped at their halt till the weather improves. Chamoli District Disaster Management Officer NK Joshi said that the passengers have been requested to postpone the further journey till the weather is fine. He said that the pilgrims going to Badrinath have been asked to stop at the same halt where they had stayed on Sunday. Most of the people are staying in Joshimath, Pipalkoti, Chamoli, and Badrinath.

Similarly, on the Kedarnath Yatra route, about five thousand passengers have been stopped at different places till the weather improves. Rudraprayag District Disaster Management Officer NS Singh said that on the Kedarnath foot route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, about 4,000 pilgrims have been stopped at Lincoln and Bhimbali as a precautionary measure not to travel till the weather gets better. Meanwhile, cold has knocked in the state due to incessant rains and snowfall on the higher hills. In the capital Dehradun, the mercury dropped to nine degrees in just one day. Where the maximum temperature was recorded at 30 degrees in Dehradun on Saturday, it reached 21 degrees Celsius on Sunday.