Punjab Govt. deputes rescue team for stranded Hemkund Sahib pilgrims in Uttarakhand

June 28, 2015 06:21 AM
Sri Hemkund Sahib, Uttarakhan

 Hemkund Sahib management advised people not to undertakie pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib for a few days.

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has dispatched a high-level rescue team to oversee the evacuation of the pilgrims stranded at Hemkund Sahib, Uttarakhand, due to heavy rains and reported damage to bridges and roads.

An official spokesperson said chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had taken note of the matter and chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal had asked registrar (cooperative societies) Arunjit Singh Miglani to head the team to oversee the evacuation of the pilgrims. Miglani would obtain requisite security personnel from the ADGP (security), a medical team from principal secretary (health and family welfare) and required number of buses from principal secretary (transport). The team will work in tandem with the government of Uttarakhand.

Miglani would report the progress of evacuation to Punjab civil control room on a daily basis. Mohali sub-divisional magistrate Lakhmir Singh has also been asked to accompany the team. Some residents of Punjab, who had gone on a pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib, have been stranded due to heavy rains and reported damage to bridges and roads.

Gurdwara Gobind Ghat’s manager Sewa Singh had advised people to avoid undertaking pilgrimage to Hemkund Sahib till the weather uncertainity is clear.

Pilgrims were stranded as bridges on various rivers were washed away due to heavy rain that lashed the area between June 24 and June 26. Heavy rain also triggered landslides at various places, thus affecting vehicular traffic and movement of pilgrims. Gurdwara Gobind Ghat and Gurdwara Gobind Dham are the first and the second stop, respectively, on the 19-km trek to Hemkund Sahib from Sri Nagar.

The SGPC on Saturday sent relief material for the pilgrims stranded at various places in Uttarkhand due to heavy rain. The relief material included wheat flour, cooking oil, pulses, rice, sugar, milk, onion and ginger for preparing "langar" for the pilgrims stranded at Hemkund Sahib, Joshi Math, Gobind Dham and other places in the hill state. An SGPC team also accompanied the truckload of relief material. The team will camp at Joshi Math and facilitate "langar" distribution to the pilgrims. The team will take stock of the situation and send a report to the SGPC.




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