Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu had all praises for Revenue Minister Jagat Singh Negi, who led the rescue operations to Chandartal where around 300 tourists were stranded.
The Chief Minister said that Sh. Negi along with Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Sanjay Awasthi, were assigned the task of reaching upto the stranded tourists at Chandartal and accepting the task as a mission, the duo reached the Chandartal at 2 AM in the morning after crossing the mighty Kunzum pass (4551 mts), braving the sub-zero temperature and nail biting chill with the adequate men and machinery.
The 65 year old Jagat Singh Negi and 55 year old Sanjay Awasthi, spending sleepless night reached their marked destination and informed Chief Minister via satellite phone. They also interacted with all the tourists there and motivated them to brave the hostile weather and need not to worry at all.
The air force choppers could not land at Chandartal said the Chief Minister, as the pilots could not find a safer place to land. Sh. Negi took the entire responsibility to reach the stranded along with the local administration the snow cutters and managed to rescue them.
Both Sh. Negi and CPS left for Losar with the first batch of 60 people amidst four feet of snow from Chandartal early morning. Sh. Sukhu kept their track and kept seeking information about the entire rescue mission. Staying awake all night, the Chief Minister prepared a strategy to get each and every person out safely and to make this mission a success,
Sh. Negi said that all the tourists have been safely evacuated and have reached Kaza besides few were on the way.
Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, despite having pain in his leg, stayed at ground zero for about 60 hours sharing the pain and suffering of the affected and giving directions to the district administration. Under his guidance, it has been possible to evacuate more than 60,000 people in 60 hours safely to their destination.