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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.
Officials said the road will be cleared by Saturday afternoon.
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 stuck is said to be around 500.
Those stranded between Hathipahad and the Badrinath shrine have been given refuge in the Govindghat Gurudwara. Officials have made arrangements for food and lodging.