Hyderabad: Chief Secretary SV Prasad on Sunday appealed to the Defence Ministry to undertake immediate steps to rescue Minister for Housing Kanna Lakshminarayana, Bhimili MLA Avanthi Srinivas and 12 others, who have been trapped due to inclement weather at Hilsa, in Mansarovar on the Sino-Nepal border.
According to reports, Mr Lakshminarayana, along with 13 others went to Mansarovar on a pilgrimage on June 11 through a private tour operator, Southern Travels.
The pilgrims, who were scheduled to be picked up by the tour operator at around 6 AM, were however stranded as heavy fog prevented the Southern Travels to send a vehicle across.
Unable to get help from the tour operator, the Minister telephoned Chief Secretary SV Prasad and informed the situation.
Mr Prasad in turn called the Defence Ministry for help.
The Defence Ministry however expressed its inability to deploy a helicopter to affect rescue operations due to unfavourable weather. The Defence Ministry added that the helicopters would deploy a helicopter to pick up the trapped pilgrims if weather permitted.
The team would be shifted to Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal from where they would be able to make their way back to India.
According to reports, three persons were facing respiratory problems due to the intense cold prevalent in the area.
Meanwhile, an official of the tour operator denied that the pilgrims were left to fend for themselves. Mr Narendra Bhat said a representative from Southern Travels has been taking care of pilgrims.
He added that efforts are on to shift the stranded pilgrims to Simikot by evening from where they would be taken to Kathmandu. (INN)