Hyderabad: Officials of the Defence Ministry on Monday shifted Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana and 13 others, who were stranded on the Tibet-Nepal border, from Hilsa to Simkot in special helicopters.
However, the officials told the state government that it was impossible at present to shift the stranded Minister, his two sons, an MLA and the other members of the group to New Delhi due to hostile weather conditions in the area.
The officials said they would make arrangements for shifting the pilgrimage party to New Delhi from Simkot on Tuesday morning.
According to reports, the Minister and his entourage who went on a Manasarovar Yatra, were left stranded at Hilsa due to inclement weather.
Following a telephonic appeal, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy had directed Chief Secretary SV Prasad to take urgent steps to rescue his stranded Cabinet colleague and his team.
Mr SV Prasad had in turn spoken to the Defence Ministry and sought its help.
They group had set off on a pilgrimage arranged by Delhi-based Southern Travels on June 11 to visit Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simkot and Taklakote, Manasarovar and Kailash Parikrama.(INN)