The Indo Tibetan Border Police has pulled out around 1,000 men from the China border for rescue operations in Uttarakhand. Officials said although reserve forces were available elsewhere,these personnel were called due to their proximity to and knowledge of the terrain in the disaster-hit state.
People from nearby villages are also coming out near the helipads at Kedarnath. They are also being rescued along with the stranded pilgrims, ITBP DG Ajay Chaddha said. On Friday,ITBP rescued 1,500 people from Kedarnath. He said the agencies were trying to expand helipads in various parts of the state so big helicopters like Mi-17 could land,bringing in more food and water and ferrying back more people.
I&B Minister Manish Tewari,meanwhile,said,Whatever was humanly possible for the government,is being done.
The telecom department has been asked to operationalise 207 of 739 mobile towers in Chamoli,Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi on a priority basis. Petroleum ministry officials said they had set up aircraft refuelling centres at Rampur,Shimla and Gaucher and efforts were being made to make LPG cylinders available to people in the affected areas.