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Badrinath cut off, pilgrims advised not to visit area

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 19:44 IST

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The Uttarakhand government on Sunday issued an advisory asking pilgrims not to visit Badrinath shrine for time being after it was cut off from the rest of the country due to a cloudburst in Chamoli district.

District Magistrate Chamoli Arun Dhaundiyal on Sunday issued the advisory asking pilgrims not to come to Badrinath temple where a big stretch of road at Lambagar was snapped due to cloudburst on Saturday night.

Dhaundiyal told PTI that 1,000 pilgrims were struck at various points in and around Badrinath and the district
administration was trying to provide facilities like food items to them. The road is expected to be repaired by
Wednesday.

Meanwhile, BRO personnel have started work to repair the road and clear debris on the Badrinath-Rishikesh highway at Lambagar, a highly fragile zone in the Himalayan belt.

A temporary bridge has also been erected in the area which can be used by people, though it is not for any vehicular movement.

Officials sources said the pilgrims who are stranded at Joshimath have been advised to continue to stay for a few more days till the alternate arrangements are made.

Scores of pilgrims are killed every year at Lambagar area due to landslides which are common during the monsoon season.