Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Sunday said that the state government has so far rescued 4700 Sikh pilgrims from Kedarnath, Badrinath and Govind Ghat in Uttarakhand which were badly affected in recent flash floods and incessant rains.
Badal said that he himself was reviewing the progress of the entire relief and rehabilitation process and was in constant touch with the Civil and Army authorities in Uttarakhand.
“95 buses, 71 of Punjab Roadways and 24 of Punjab Police have so far transported nearly 4700 pilgrims from Uttarakhand to Punjab at different headquarters from where they were received by the Deputy Commissioners and sent to their homes directly in private taxis at state administration’s expense,” Badal said, adding that as many as 60 Mini Buses of the Punjab Police dispatched from Rishikesh to Joshimath on Saturday and another 36 Mini Buses/Trax Vehicles were pressed into service to Joshimath today.
Badal said that six Mini Buses of Punjab Police had reached Rishikesh from Joshimath and another 23 Mini Buses carrying about 450 passengers were on the way from Joshimath to Rishikesh.
He said that these vehicles were likely to be slightly delayed due to a blockade following the landslide between Chamoli and Srinagar and subsequently they were following an alternate route. “As per available information at 5 pm today, no pilgrim was awaiting evacuation neither at Joshimath and nor any transportation from Rishikesh,” he added.