A team of Punjab officials led by secretary-level officer KS Pannu, reached Gobind Dham (Uttarakhand) on Thursday. Pannu said 800 pilgrims were airlifted to safer places by helicopter, while about 3,000 Sikh pilgrims were stranded at Gobind Dham.
Pannu has constituted a five-member committee for the smooth preparation and distribution of langar. The Hemkunt Gurdwara committee is helping the team from Punjab.
Reportedly, the army and government authorities are not allowing privately hired helicopters to run operations. Only army helicopters are operating for the evacuation of pilgrims.
It was also informed that the state government would extend leave of employees who had been trapped and grant exemption from panchayat election duty till they return back safely.
Pannu is accompanied by deputy inspector general (DIG) Khubi Ram and Punjab State Cooperative Bank managing director Kamaldip Singh Sangha.