Though the 122 tourists from Maharashtra stranded in Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley have been rescued and will soon be back home safe, there are about 100 more people from Mumbai and other parts of the state who are still untraceable. The state has compiled the data with inputs received from district collectors, and calls received by the disaster management unit (DMU) of the state.
State officials said that more than 100 tourists from Maharashtra are still not traceable. About half of them are from Mumbai. “We have received 107 names of people who have not been traced by their relatives in Maharashtra. They are not part of the list of 122 people who have been rescued from Pahalgam,” said an officer from the DMU.
On Tuesday, t he control room of the state government received continuous calls and emails from relatives of these stranded people. The DMU has gathered the information from various districts related to the names, the time of last contact with the relatives etc.
State officials said the 122 tourists rescued from Pahalgam, most of whom are from a private sector company, would be sent to Mumbai by Thursday.
Meanwhile, Suresh Dhas, minister of state for relief and rehabilitation, reached Srinagar on Wednesday.
The state government has claimed t hat t he minister speeded up the rescue operation of stranded tourists in Kashmir. The state government has conveyed the information to agencies involved in the rescue operation.