Dehradun, June 27: Drivers of tourist vehicles from various parts of Uttarakhand and other states who drove to the areas which have been devastated by nature's fury have been badly hit. They have not only got stuck but even can't get out away from the devastated state with the rescue teams for they are concerned about the vehicles which they have to return to their owners.
The drivers are facing an uphill task of survival with little or no food and water. They are also running out of money and mobile charges. Landslides have also stopped them from driving out with the vehicles.
According to a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika, these drivers had gone to the state mostly from places like Delhi, Haridwar, Hrishikesh and Chandigarh and even as the passengers left with the rescue teams, the drivers could not for they have the responsibility of taking care of the vehicles.
The families of these people are spending sleepless nights. According to the report, the sight of mangled remains of vehicles hit by the disaster are making them more anxious. Is this the car driven by him, they are wondering. The mobile connection is not working always, either.
A number of vehicles have been left stranded in Sonprayag and Sitapur. The pilgrims went to Kedarnath and Gaurikund from there and were supposed to return. Several of them have died in the disaster while many have left with the rescue teams. The vehicles and their drivers have been left in an endless wait.
According to sources, around 300-350 vehicles had gone tfrom Hardidwar alone. Besides, around 50 buses went from Delhi, while there were vehicles from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The owners are also eagerly waiting for their vehicles to return safely. They have known that the fateful trips won't make any profit. At least, they want their cars back in sound condition.