Another landslip in Sirmaur, road restoration work on

Solan, August 3

The Dadahu- Renuka ji- Sangrah road was closed for vehicular traffic near Sangrah chowk this morning around 9 with a massive landslide obstructing the road in Sirmaur district today. The entire debris along with trees fell into the Giri river which lies along the road.

This is the second road in the district where vehicular traffic has been hit in the wake of natural disasters. Earlier, a 150-m highway at Kali Dhank had caved in on the Paonta Sahib-Shillai sub division on Friday.

“Boulders and debris have been falling on this road since yesterday. An earth excavation machine has been pressed into service by the local administration to clear the road. Motorists plying on the road had been directed to stop before the affected site in time which averted any loss of life,” informed local residents.

Being the lone road connecting the villages lying in the Sangrah - Haripurdhar to Nahan and other areas of the district, the residents were inconvenienced with the closure of the road. Initially, a small portion of the hill had eroded and this alerted the locals. Incessant rains which lashed the area throughout the day hampered work to remove the debris from the road.

Sirmaur DC RK Gautam said, “Since no arterial road is available to divert the traffic, efforts are afoot to remove the debris once the rain stops. It is expected to open this road later in the evening as machines have been deployed.”

Roads which are considered the lifeline of the rural areas, have become vulnerable in the rain in Sirmaur district.

“Another landslide which occurred on the Nahan-Kumarhatti national highway at Ladu village also obstructed vehicular traffic for about two hours from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm,” added the DC. This road connects the district headquarters of Nahan to Shimla and is used by a large number of people. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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