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Kanna, team, in Nepalgunj, wait for Kathmandu airport to reopen

Posted by on June 21, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: Housing Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana and his entourage, who were stranded at Hilsa on the Tibet-Nepal border and later shifted to Simkot, were on Tuesday morning airlifted to Nepalgunj, from where they are expected to be flown to India, weather permitting.

Mr Lakshminarayana, along with his sons, an MLA and other members, were left stranded at Hilsa where they had gone on a pilgrimage to Manasarovar.

The group would be first flown to the Kathmandu International Airport and if the incessant rain which has been lashing the Nepal Capital abates, would be flown to New Delhi.

According to information reaching here, the incessant rains have forced authorities to temporarily close the Kathmandu Airport.

Mr Lakshminarayana’s pilgrimage tour was forced to be extended and his entourage forced to spend a night without shelter in the biting cold after their private tour operator failed to provide the return shuttle services.

However, the tour operator, Southern Travels, expressed helplessness due to the inclement weather.

The incident led to the Chief Minister ordering 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)

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