Claiming that around 1,05,000 people have been evacuated from the disaster-affected areas in Uttarakhand,the state government Friday informed the Supreme Court that all rescue operations will be completed by Saturday.
The state,in its report to a Bench of Justices A K Patnaik and Ranjan Gogoi,said about 1,000 pilgrims were stuck in Badrinath and their evacuation will be over by June 29.
Assuring the court of excellent coordination between all agencies involved in the rescue,the government said there were sufficient food supplies,drinking water and medicines for those stranded and that the communication network had also been now restored.
On the death toll due to the floods,the state told the Bench that the exact numbers of human lives lost can only be correctly ascertained after the present phase of rescue and recovery is over and thorough cleaning of the worst disaster affected areas like Kedarnath Ji,Rambara,Gaurikund and Sonprayag and other places is completed.
The government said it had also issued instruction that the families should not be fragmented in rescue operations and be treated as a single unit. The Railways has been requested to transport them free of cost to their respective destinations and send the bills to the Government of Uttarakhand for reimbursement, stated the report.
The state government refuted a claim by the lawyer,who had recently returned from the disaster-hit areas,that people were forced to trek for almost 70-80 km in areas where long stretches of roads had vanished.
The Bench,after going through the report of the state government,posted the case for hearing on July 3.
It was hearing a PIL by lawyer Ajay Bansal,who has sought the apex courts directions to the Centre and the state government to rescue people stranded in the flood hit areas in Uttarakhand.
Earlier,on June 20,the court had directed the Centre and the state to make all out efforts to rescue thousands of people stranded there and to provide them food and drinking water.