Heavy Rainfall Forces Closure of Badrinath-Rishikesh Highway

Tragic Loss Amidst Inclement Weather

In the wake of heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, tragedy struck as two individuals lost their lives, and six others sustained injuries. The closure of the Badrinath-Rishikesh highway near Sirobagadh, merely a day after the revered Char Dham Yatra commenced, has sent shockwaves through the region.

Highway Shutdown and Its Implications

The closure of the highway was prompted by the adverse weather conditions, which not only claimed lives but also resulted in injuries to several individuals. Additionally, 17 more individuals sustained injuries due to damage to buildings in the vicinity.

Disrupted Travel Plans

Passengers en route to Badrinath and Kedarnath found themselves halted at Srikot-Srinagar and Kaliyasod. The Uttarakhand police took to social media platforms to inform the public about the highway closure, attributing it to the continuous rainfall leading to debris and stones falling from the hills near Sirobgadh, situated on the border of Rudraprayag and Pauri districts. The closure of the alternative route via Chanti Khal further exacerbated the travel disruptions.

Weather Forecasts and Preparedness

The India Meteorological Department issued forecasts indicating thunderstorms with hail in Rudraprayag until Monday, along with rainfall across various parts of the state. Despite assurances from Srinagar Kotwal Hoshiyar Singh Pankholi that measures were in place to ensure minimal inconvenience to passengers, continuous debris falling in Sirobagadh has impeded efforts to reopen the road.

Commencement of Chardham Yatra

The Chardham Yatra began auspiciously on May 10, with the temples of Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri in the Garhwal Himalayas welcoming devotees in celebration of Akshaya Tritiya. The opening ceremony witnessed the presence of notable figures such as Assam Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, his wife Geeta, and Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, wife of Himanta Biswa Sarma, at the Kedarnath opening ceremony.

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