This year before the Yatra commences, the pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar, will see a reduction of 15km in the walking distance between Najang and Bundi .
The officials from Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), the nodal agency responsible for conducting the Mansarovar yatra, said that the 15km road between Najang and Bundi is being repaired and will be ready soon for vehicular movement, eliminating the need for trekking.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials said that work on the road is going on and it will be completed before the yatra begins next month.
Pradeep Kumar, officer-in-command of BRO in Pithoragarh district who is looking after the project, said, “We hope to open the road for this year’s pilgrimage in June.” Ashok Joshi, General manager KMVN , said that there are plans to use light vehicles on this route which will reduce travel time by around 5 days. “At present, pilgrims have to stay for a day each at Bundi, Gunji, Kalapani and Nabhidang. But after completion of the road, they will have to stay only in Gunji,” he added.
As of today, it takes 21 days from Dharchula in Pithoragarh district to Lipulekh, the last point of pilgrimage in India.