At least 45 tourists from Pune are still stuck in Kathmandu and all of them are reported to be safe. The Pune District Disaster Management Cell is coordinating with the Indian rescue teams in Nepal to make sure all of them return safely. About 140 other tourists from the district who were in Nepal but were not near the earthquake-affected areas have either returned to Pune or are on their way back.
Officials said the other groups from the district who had gone on tours with private operators including Kesari Travels, Veena World, Chaudhari Travels and Bihar Travels have either returned or are on their way to Pune. “Most of these groups were not in Kathmandu when the tragedy struck. Most of them have cut short their trips and are returning,” said Vitthal Banaute of District Disaster Management Cell.
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Official numbers provided by the cell states that of the 45 tourists, six tourists were from Hadapsar, Pune. They had gone to Nepal on a private tour with an adventure club and were safe and are presently lodged at Military Camp Base in Kathmandu. They are waiting for the Indian authorities to arrange for their return.
Thirteen tourists from Pune and Chinchwad have taken shelter at Namache Bazaar Police Station in Kathmandu. Five tourists are lodged at Yellow Pagoda Hotel in Kathmandu.
“There are eight others from Pune city who are at Kathmandu Airport waiting for their flight when we last contacted them. They will leave late in the night on Sunday,” said Banaute.
“There are thousands of Indians stuck there. The Army is ferrying them back in batches. They will be staying at the Military Camp Base till their turn. There’s no need to worry,” said Banaute.