Punjab government will today airlift 500 pilgrims that are stranded to heavy rains and landslides in Uttrakhand, to safer places while the remaining 3000 pilgrims are safe and sound, Special Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said.
“A team of officials from Punjab government have reached Gobind Dham yesterday and we have evacuated 300 pilgrims last evening while 500 more pilgrims will be airlifted to safer locations today,” Pannu said, adding that around 3000 Sikh pilgrims are still stranded there but they are safe and sound.
“A five member Langer committee has been constituted to provide food and water to stranded pilgrims in smooth manner and the local Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was also facilitating all the pilgrims”, Pannu added.
Meanwhile, Punjab’s Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had asked the Punjab’s Official team that being led Pannu to look into the rescue operation in Uttrakhand and insure safe return of each Sikh pilgrim stuck at Gobind Dham and other surrounding areas due to inclement weather and rain fury in Uttrakhand.
Further, the state government had decided to extend leave of those employees who had been trapped in Uttrakhand and granted them exemption from the election duty till their safe return.
Pannu is leading a team that includes DIG Khubi Ram, MD Punjab State Cooperative Bank Kamaldip Singh Sangha besides Amarjit Singh and Inderjit Singh from DGSE office.