Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway is blocked for three hours due to debris in Totaghati.

Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway is blocked for three hours due to debris in Totaghati.

The Rishikesh-Badrinath highway was blocked for three hours due to debris from the hill again in the Totaghati area. Thankfully no vehicle was passing through here when the debris fell. People had to face a lot of trouble due to the highway blocking.

Improvement work of Badrinath National Highway in Totaghati has been going on for a long time. Traffic is being disrupted here and again due to debris. On Saturday also, the highway was blocked for nearly 12 hours due to debris in Totaghati. On Sunday morning, about a kilometer ahead of this place, debris suddenly started falling from the hill at 10 am.

Thankfully no vehicle was passing through the bottom during this time. Due to debris falling for about two hours, the machine on PWD National Highway could not start working. When the debris stopped falling, the machines started cleaning the road. By 1 pm, the PWD removed the debris and opened the road to traffic.

The station in-charge Devprayag Mahipal Singh said that due to the mountain cutting, stones are stuck on the rocks. Those falling down due to strong wind or vibration. These stuck stones can become the reason for the accident. Therefore, the executive body has been asked to remove them.

Traffic on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway was stalled for 12 hours

Earlier on Saturday, traffic was coming to a standstill on the Rishikesh Badrinath highway in the early hours of Saturday when debris fell from a hill in Totaghati. Due to this, vehicles coming towards Rishikesh and Srinagar were stuck here. Even after waiting for hours, when the route did not open, most of the vehicles had to return via the Gaja Khadi motorway. There was a 12-hour halt on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.

The blasting was carried out by the working agency engaged in the construction work of All Weather Road at four o’clock in the morning to break rocks in the Parrot Valley. After this, the process of falling rocks started. Due to heavy debris on the motorway, vehicles of newspapers, milk, vegetables, bread, etc. which came out of Rishikesh were stuck here.

On the other hand, there was a long queue of vehicles departing from Srinagar, Pauri, Devprayag towards Rishikesh. After a long time, when the route did not open, people returned from Totaghati towards Rishikesh and Devprayag. The movement of vehicles started on the highway at four o’clock in the evening. Meanwhile, Congress state president Pritam Singh, who was going from Dehradun to Srinagar to participate in the public outrage rally held in Srinagar on Sunday, had to be removed through Narendranagar divert route after the closure of Totaghati.

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