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A portion of Gangotri Highway caves in

News Agencies | Updated on: 5 August 2023, 8:56 IST
A portion of Gangotri Highway caves in (ANI)

Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand): A portion of Gangotri National Highway caved in due to a landslide near the Forest Department office at Lisa Depot in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi disrupting vehicular movement on Saturday. 

According to officials, a stretch of around 60 meters has caved in and the area is close to an airstrip said to be strategically important.

The nearby Tehri Dam is said to be the reason for the landslide, said officials.

Authorities have erected a sign board for commuters to avoid any untoward incident.  Border Roads Organisation OIC, Vinod Kumar Devadi said that the higher officials have been informed for treatment by putting up a danger sign board.  On Friday as well 500 meters ahead of Bhatwadi, the highway has been closed to traffic since morning due to falling debris. 

This has disrupted the devotees of the Gangotri Dham Yatra, who are now stranded on the route, according to the district administration of Uttarkashi. Meanwhile, the road near Nandaprayag and Chhinka on the Badrinath National Highway which was blocked due to debris earlier today has been opened, officials said.


First published: 5 August 2023, 8:56 IST