More than 25,000 pilgrims en route to the Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand are reportedly stranded after a landslide blocked a highway, officials said on Friday.
The landslide blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway in Chamoli district after which District Collector Ashish Joshi said BRO (Border Roads Organisation) personnel are engaged in clearing the roads.
It is being hoped that the route can be opened for the traffic by tomorrow afternoon.
A major portion of a hill collapsed on the highway near Hathipahad, blocking the road and leading to hundreds of vehicles being stuck on both sides.
An official told IANS that as a matter of abundant precaution, vehicles on both sides have been told not to move ahead.
A major boulder has damaged about 65 meters of the road and the number of vehicles struck is said to be around 500.