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Halt to road construction on Lakhanpur-Nazang stretch to facilitate smooth Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra

Press Trust of India  |  Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) 

With the Kailash-Mansarovar beginning next week, the district administration has decided not to allow the (BRO) to carry out construction work on the three-km stretch between Lakhanpur and Nazang till December as it will cause inconvenience to pilgrims.

"We will not permit to begin construction of the stretch between Lakhanpur and Nazang till December as its construction will create hindrances in Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage as the trek route developed as an alternative lies below the under-construction road," C said.

Pebbles and boulders may come down from the under-construction road above and pose a threat to pilgrims using the alternative route, he said.

"Such a situation has emerged as the sat idle and did nothing during the last five months to construct the road," said on his return from a meeting to review preparations for the pilgrimage.

He said road construction on the stretch, a part of the 75-km road from Ghatiabagar to Lipulekh on the Indo-border, would not be allowed till December as the pilgrimage would go on till September to be followed just about a month later by the winter time migration of tribals from high-altitude areas.

The Kailash Mansarovar begins next week with the first batch of pilgrims scheduled to leave on June 12 and reach the base camp at Dharchula on June 13.

The stretch is used by yatris on way to Gunji as well as by traders engaged in border trade with through the Lipulekh pass and tribals living in high-altitude areas who migrate to their temporary residences in lower areas during winter.

All stakeholders including villagers, traders and officials have expressed their concurrence with the decision not to allow the to carry out construction on the route to provide unobstructed passage to Kailash-Mansarovar yatris, the district said.

Though we are prepared to take the pilgrims from any route including airlifting them to Gunji from Pithoragarh, the first choice is through the Nazang route as it has been repaired recently, said T S Martolia of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, the nodal agency for the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage.

The three-km stretch was badly damaged in a massive landslide in November last year.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 19:10 IST