HUBBALLI: Ten persons, including eight from Hubballi and two from Hosapete, were stranded at a private hotel following heavy snowfall in Sonmarg in Kashmir since Wednesday. They were rescued by CRPF and Srinagar district administration on Saturday.
Following the intervention of Union minister Pralhad Joshi, officials from the office of Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir helped the stranded Kannadigas.
Rukmasa Dalabanjan, a businessman in Hubballi and a relative of those stranded, told TOI that five couples had flown to Kashmir from Bengaluru airport on March 4. “Of the five couples, Sudha and Prakash Meharwade are from Hosapete. Couples from Hubballi are Geeta and Manju Baddi; Preeti and Venkatesh Dalabanjan; Vandana and Anand Basava; and Veena and Gopal Kalburgi. Except Manju Baddi, 56, all others are in 40-47 age group,” he said.
They spent two days each at Gulmarg and Pahalgam before being stranded at Sonmarg on Wednesday evening. As snowfall is common in Kashmir, they stayed there for two days. However, they got worried when the snowfall increased on Friday.
In a video call on Friday night, the couples said that they got a water heater from the Lt Governor’s office. “We got a message in Saturday evening that they have started towards Srinagar with help frm the officials,” he added.
Union minister Joshi said that he got the information about them on Friday when he was with his cabinet colleague Amit Shah. “After I told him about this, he instructed the LG’s office in Srinagar. We also told Srinagar officials to bail them out, and they did the needful,” he added.
They are expected to reach Hubballi on Sunday evening.