Srinagar (Uttarakhand): A heavy storm in Srinagar, Uttarakhand led to a massive roadblock on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway on Monday when trees fell and blocked the highway. Some trees were also uprooted and fell across the highway.
According to reports, the highway remained shut and local authorities tried to clear the highway. The road to the Badrinath shrine has also been affected. A number of electric poles were also uprooted due to the storm.
No reports of any casualty have been received so far. Also there is no news of any missing pilgrim.
In view of the possibility of heavy rains in some parts of the state, the Met department has issued an advisory for taking necessary precautions and avoiding vulnerable areas.
This time of the year sees the annual pilgrimage to the four sacred shrines of the ‘Char Dham’, the four abodes.
The popular pilgrimage route is known as the ‘Char Dham Yatra’ because of its four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
On April 26, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat had visited the Badrinath temple after its gate was opened, signalling the beginning of the pilgrimage.
Saturday evening, on May 21, witnessed a huge cloudburst in the Rudraprayag area of Uttarakhand. Due to this unfortunate incident the Rudraprayag-Badrinath highway remained affected and traffic was at a standstill for almost an hour after the incident.
The cloudburst caused a mudslide, and water mixed with rubble flowed toward the town of Rudraprayag. A lot of the mud from the mudslide also washed into the farms of the local farmers.