Uttrakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna on Sunday said that Kedarnath Yatra will be stopped for next two years as it will take some to rebuild its surrounding areas that were damaged in recent flash floods in Uttrakhand.
While talking with a newschannel, Bahuguna said that it will take another 15 days to evacuate stranded pilgrims as roads leading to affected areas of Kedarnath, Gaurikund, Hemkunt Sahib and other religious shrines have been badly damaged in flash floods.
Uttrakhand CM, however, assured that there is no threat to the lives of stranded people and said that it will take a long time to rebuild Uttarakhand and there will be no Kedarnath Yatra for at least next two years.
As per reports, the death toll in Uttrakhand’s flash have risen to over 6000 with officials fearing that many more could be buried under the debris.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said that that much of the massive destruction caused was man-made as the hotels and houses destroyed in flash flood affected areas of Uttrakhand were constructed near a flood plain.
As per reports, NDMA officials said that NDMA has issued detailed guidelines to the states on river plains and how these environmentally fragile areas should not be tampered with.
The officials said that NDMA had limited jurisdiction but they will sound out the state government on the preventive measures needed once restoration work starts in such area.