Multhan-Ghatsani road cleared of debris, traffic flow restored

Our Correspondent\

Palampur, August 4

Over 100 tourists were stranded in different parts of Chhota Bhangal in Kangra district for the past 24 hours following heavy rainfall and landslides on the Multhanndash;Ghatsani state highway, the only road link to the valley. However, the authorities rescued them and took them to Barot and Multhan.

Official sources said today that after a hill near the Rolling nullah between Multhan and Ghatsani sank, a large landslide occurred, blocking the highway. Besides, power supply lines feeding 20 panchayats of Chhota Bhangal and the Chuhar valley were damaged because of heavy landslides. Most of the areas of Chhota Bhangal were plunged into darkness.

The authorities later took the stranded tourists along with their vehicles to Barot and Multhan, as it was risky for them to spend the night in their vehicles because debris was continuously felling on the highway.

Meanwhile, the HP Public Works Department pressed JCB machines to remove the debris from the highway and vehicular traffic was restored in the evening.

The engineering staff of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) also started repairing the damaged transmission lines. An Assistant Engineer of the HPSEB said that the power supply was partially restored in the evening.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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