The pilgrims – most senior residents and 19 of them ladies – are from Bhanjanagar and its surrounding areas. Snowfall had disrupted street communication, which led them to take shelter at a dharamshala. Ganjam collector Vijay Amruta Kulange, had been in contact with the district administration at Uttarakhand’s Chamoli to make sure the secure return of the pilgrims.
“The roads were cleared after weather conditions improved on Sunday morning. Since the 42 were without food for the last 24 hours, we have sent Rs 20,000 to Chamoli administration to arrange food and water for them immediately,” mentioned Kulange. After information studies got here concerning the stranded Odia pilgrims, the state authorities on Sunday requested the Uttarakhand authorities to supply essential assist to the pilgrims. Joint reduction commissioner Prabhat Mohapatra additionally wrote to Chamoli district collector requesting assist to the stranded pilgrims. Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan additionally spoke to Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.
“Thank you @dpradhanbjp ji for your call regarding 40 Odisha pilgrims visiting Uttarakhand for Char dhaam Yatra; I have issued the orders for safe evacuation of all the pilgrims. We will take steps to ensure safety & security of everyone & will keep you informed of the development,” Rawat tweeted responding to Dharmendra’s request. Family members of the stranded pilgrims mentioned they had been nonetheless nervous. “When I spoke to my aged parents on Saturday night they had been without food and water for a while,” mentioned Sundhir Kumar Prusty. His father Bijay Kumar Prusty (67) and mom Shyamali (64) had gone to Badrinath on October 26 with an area tour operator.