TRAFFIC MOVEMENT RESTORED AFTER THREE DAYS IN BADRINATH NATIONAL HIGHWAY

UNLOCKING PROGRESSES IN THE COUNTRY-

Due to the second wave of the covid-19, the country has been under complete lockdown for the second time. The spread of the covid-19 is finally under control and the government giving guidelines for the unlocking process gradually. This is the reason why people are now coming out of their homes within the given time limit.

But, despite the partial unlocking, the roads of Dehradun did not see many people. This was because of the landslide that had taken place on the Badrinath National Highway, Dehradun. Dehradun being a hilly region often goes through landslides. This particular landslide occurred on 22nd June 2021; and because of this landslide, the Badrinath National Highway remained blocked for three days.

LANDSLIDE LEADS TO TRAFFIC IN DEHRADUN-

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  • On Tuesday morning, a landslide occurred near Uma Maheshwar Ashram at Karnaprayag.
  • It would not have been a very big concern if there were no people stuck because of the landslide.
  • But, that was not the case. As it was a few days since the partial unlocking was announced, many people were out of their homes in Dehradun as well.
  • Hence, almost 200 vehicles were stuck on the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway.
  • Another landslide had taken place on the 19th of June near the same highway because of heavy rainfall.

ROADS REMAIN BLOCKED FOR A LONG TIME DUE TO THE LANDSLIDE-

This landslide has caused many problems not only to the people stuck on the highway but also to many nearby villages and districts. Many roads that connect the highway to the interior parts of the city remain blocked.

  • In the Chamoli district, 51 village link roads are blocked.
  • The power supply in 42 villages was also cut down because of the landslide.
  • In the Rudraprayag district, 15 village roads are obstructed.
  • In Champawat district, 15 link roads are blocked.
  • Whereas in Pithoragarh district six border roads and 16 village roads are blocked.

After three days of continuous heavy rainfall, the rainfall subsided, and only then the process of clearing the blocked and obstructed roads could begin. The Badrinath National Highway was successfully cleared, but many villages connecting roads are still blocked.

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