222 pilgrims from Nashik are safe


NASHIK : Altogether 222 pilgrims hailing from Nashik are among those stranded at various places after a massive landslide at Hathi Parvat near Vishnuprayag on Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand and all of them are safe, managers of various tour companies from the city informed here yesterday. Some of the pilgrims have reportedly already begun their return journey. According to reports, no casualties were reported during the landslide.

Citing the seriousness of the incident, Prashant Waghmare, an official of the Disaster Management Cell of the district administration contacted all the concerned tour managers/operators in the city to ensure safety of all the pilgrims and extend all the possible assistance to them.

“All the 96 pilgrims who are on a Char Dham yatra are safe at Gangotri,” apprised Ramavtar Choudhary, director, Shriram Yatra Company, Nashik, yesterday. “The pilgrims will start their return journey from May 27,” he added.

Operators of Choudhary Yatra Company said that all the 55 pilgrims including 10 from Nashik district who are on a Char Dham pilgrimage are safe.
Renuka Deshmukh, official, Kesri Tours & Travels, Nashik office informed that pilgrims Sanjay Wable (58) and Rohini Wable (55) hailing from Vrindavannagar on Dindori road are safe and currently on a halt at Seetapur.
Pilgrims from Niphad — Bapu Gite (33), Shakuntala Gite (49) besides Chindhu Netalkar are currently at a base camp which is just 50 kms away from Kedarnath and all of them are safe, informed Baba Gite.