Published On: Sun, Oct 1st, 2017

Yamunotri highway reopened after 20 days

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The Yamunotri Highway which was closed near Ozri on the evening of September 10, has finally been reopened on Saturday late evening after 20 days. Vehicles stranded in Satya Chatti will start leaving from Sunday morning. The Administration has taken the sigh of relief after reopening the highway.  At the same time, the construction of the alternative route is also underway. According to the District Magistrate, the construction of the optional route will be completed by October 2.

Hill debris and stones had begun to tumble down onto the highway below on September 10 near Ozri village. Thereby, contact with 14 villages, along with Yamunotri, was cut off by road. To ensure that the pilgrimage continues,  the administration had reopened an old hiking trail connecting from Ozari to Trikhali.

When the landslide did not stop, from September 10 to September 18,  the district magistrate on September 19, instructed to make alternate routes. The task of making the alternative route to the village of Sayanachatti along the banks of Yamuna river was handed over to PWD. Out of the around 2 and a half kilometers long alternative route, PWD has prepared 2.3 km.

Now it is only two hundred meters to be constructed. Meanwhile, the mountainous landslide of Ozri was also closed for the last four days, after which the NH team started work on debris and stone removal from the main highway on Friday. Yamunotri Highway was restored on Saturday late evening.

District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal told that the main highway has been reopened Along with this, the alternative route is also being constructed. Alternate routes will be ready by 2 October.

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