Ganjam: Intense snowfall at badrinath made hundreds of pilgrims stranded among which 42 belongs to odisha. Govt. of Odisha sought help in this regard from uttarakhand Govt.
As many as 42 Odia pilgrims from Ganjam district have been stranded in Badrinath, Uttarakhand due to intense snowfall. Odisha Joint Relief Commissioner PR Mohapatra today shot off a letter to the Chamoli district Collector requesting him to extend necessary support to the pilgrims.
The Joint Relief Commissioner urged the Chamoli district Collector to provide necessary support to the stranded labourers and make arrangements for their safe return to Odisha.
Sources said the pilgrims were returning from Badrinath after taking Darshan when the road got blocked following snowfall. The pilgrims later took shelter at Hariyali Bhawan at Dharmasala in the district.
“Yesterday, the road was blocked with 3-4 feet snow the whole day though snowfall has stopped now. There is no food, water and electricity here since last night,” said a pilgrim over phone.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to initiate measures for the security and safe return of the pilgrims to Odisha.
In response, Singh assured that steps will be taken to safely evacuate all the pilgrims soon.