Snow in Shimla, 731 roads blocked, power supply hit

Bhanu P Lohumi

Shimla, January 23

Normal life was crippled as Shimla and adjoining areas received moderate to heavy spell of snow in the past 24 hours. The upper Shimla area was cut off till afternoon and supply of essential commodities was hit.

Shimla and other parts of HP received moderate to heavy snowfall on Sunday; 731 roads blocked, water supply hit.

The tribal and high altitude areas received heavy snowfall ranging from 100 cm to 150 cm, while Kufri and Shimla received 62 cm and 50 cm of snow. Dalhousie received 62 cm, followed by Chail (60 cm), Khadrala (56 cm), Shilaroo (38 cm), Chopal (32 cm), Chhatrari and Bharmaur (30 cm each), Kalpa (28 cm), Gondhla (16), Chamba (13 cm), Manali (8 cm) and Pooh (3 cm).

As many as 731 roads, including 289 in Shimla, 181 in Lahaul and Spiti, 93 in Chamba, 54 in Mandi, 50 in Kinnaur, 41 in Kullu, 16 in Sirmaur, 15 in Chamba and seven in Solan were closed due to snow. As many as 1,572 transformers and 107 water supply schemes were disrupted.

Power, water woes

  • Kufri and Shimla received 62 cm and 50 cm of snow
  • As many as 1,572 transformers, 107 water supply schemes disrupted
  • Commuters have been advised to avoid driving at night due to slippery roads
  • Heavy rush of tourists have led to traffic jam in Shimla

Power supply was affected in some areas due to falling of snow-laden trees. Shimla residents woke up to a fascinating sight with the queen of hills donning a white mantle.

The hotel industry is pinning hope on a good season as tourist inflow has increased after snowfall. The occupancy touched 95 per cent, said MK Seth, president, Tourism Industry Stakeholders' Association, adding that the occupancy of hotels beyond the Victory Tunnel towards the Lakkar Bazaar was less due to barricading.

Shimla Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi said, "Roads leading to the IGMC and other hospitals, the Cart Road and all main roads in the town have been opened for vehicular traffic. Work is in progress to open roads in upper Shimla areas, but continuous snow has made the area slippery, hampering clearing operations."

Traffic chaos was witnessed in Shimla from Tara Devi to the lift as a large number of tourists made a beeline to the queen of hills. Heavy rush, skidding of vehicles and parking on the roadside by tourists caused traffic jams. The deployment of the police force during snow was inadequate.

Meanwhile, the Shimla Police rescued a pregnant woman, identified as Shivangi of Anu village in Theog subdivision, who was stranded near Tarapur, Mashobra. She was taken to the Kamla Nehru Hospital, Shimla.

However, in another incident, a seven-room house in Mandoli village in Chopal subdivision, Shimla, was gutted as fire tenders could not reach the spot due to 40 cm to 80 cm snow. The village was 35 km away from the subdivision. No casualty was reported.

Nahan was the wettest in the state with 87 mm of rain, followed by Dharamsala (58 cm), Solan (53 mm), Una (49 mm), Kangra and Berthin (48 mm each), Renuka (46 mm), Naina Devi (42 mm), Kasauli (40 mm), Bilaspur and Rajgarh (38 mm each), Chamba (36 mm), Sundernagar, Mehre and Sujanpur Tira (33 mm each), and Baldwara as well as Paonta Sahib (32 mm each).

Keylong with minus 6.6deg;C was the coldest at night, while Kufri, Dalhousie, Shimla and Manali recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.8deg;C, minus 1.5deg;C, minus 0.3deg;C and 0deg;C, respectively.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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