With just 37 days left for the commencement of Badrinath Yatra, the 44-km long motor road from Joshimath to Badrinath has been restored for pilgrims. However, there are many danger zones on the way which could be very challenging especially the stretch near Lambagar, during the monsoons.
The washed out Lambagar stretch. (HT File Photo)
More than 2 km road near Lambagar had washed out during the flash floods in the river Alaknanda in mid-June last year and a narrow road constructed to restore connectivity. This patch would be highly vulnerable during the monsoons as rains would increase the chances of landslides along with the swollen Alaknanda posing added threats.
Garhwal commissioner, CS Napalchayal who recently visited the area said, that this road could prove challenging in the monsoons. He also added that he has sent a report to the government saying that a survey of the land near Lambagar be conducted and suggested that constructing of a tunnel would be the only long-term solution.
For the past two years, the motor road to Badrinath from Joshimath was a two-way lane because it was wide enough for the vehicles to cross. But now vehicles would be stopped at Pandukeshwar for crossing.
BRO (Border Road Organization) had identified 50 danger zones between from Rishikesh to Badrinath and 34 have been marked highly critical. Slide zone like Sirobagar near Rudraprayag and few others could test the nerves of the pilgrims as well as the administration during the yatra.