On the directions of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the state government on Saturday dispatched a high-level rescue team to oversee the evacuation of the pilgrims stranded at Hemkunt Sahib due to heavy rains and reported damage to bridges, roads and others.
Announcing this here on Saturday, a spokesperson of the chief minister’s office said that as per the orders issued by chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, cooperative societies registrar Arunjit Singh Miglani had been asked to head the team to oversee the evacuation of the stranded pilgrims.
Miglani would obtain the required security personnel from the ADGP (security), a medical team from the principal secretary, health and family welfare, and the required number of buses from the principal secretary, transport. Miglani had been directed to liaise with the Uttarakhand government and station himself at Chamoli/Joshimath with immediate effect.
Miglani would report the progress of evacuation to the Punjab Civil Control Room on a daily basis. Sub-divisional magistrate, SAS Nagar, Lakhmir Singh, has also been asked to accompany Miglani for the operation.
The residents of Punjab who had gone on a pilgrimage to Hemkunt Sahib have got stranded due to heavy rains and reported damage to bridges and roads.
Meanwhile, describing the scourge of floods in Uttarakhand as a national tragedy, chief minister Badal assured full and immediate help from the state government to all those affected by the nature’s fury regardless of their respective states or their destination of pilgrimage. He hoped that all pilgrims would be soon brought back to their homes safe and sound.
Badal said the main objective of the Punjab government at this critical hour was to expedite the rescue operation so that all pilgrims stuck at Gobind Dham and other nearby places must be evacuated to safer places and be brought back to their homes safely.