Toil to restore normalcy in Shimla, Manali

Normal life remained disrupted in Shimla and several other places in Himachal and tourists and local people faced great hardship even as the state started limping back to normalcy after the key hill stations and tribal areas experienced heaviest snowfall of the season.

In spite of the claims of authorities regarding the restoration of roads and water and power supply, tourists faced traffic jams and blockades. The power supply was partially restored in some area of Shimla town last night but most of the localities in Shimla town remained without electricity for 40 hours. Supply could be restored in some places this evening. However, the water supply was badly affected as there was little pumping due to power breakdown while telecommunication services were partially restored.

Upper Shimla region, tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi, Bharmaur and the areas beyond Manali remained cut off from the rest of the state for the second day, notwithstanding the claims of the department concerned that 70 roads, including Shimla-Kalka and Kullu-Manali national Highways, have been thrown open to traffic.

Essential items like milk, bread, vegetable. and newspapers reached Shimla in the afternoon but the areas of upper Shimla beyond Theog were still cut off. A large number of tourist vehicles were stranded at several places between Solan and Shoghi due to heavy rush and slippery roads.

State capital Shimla and tribal and high altitude areas continued to reel under the intense cold wave. Key tourists resorts of Manali and Shimla recorded minimum temperatures of minus 1.2 and minus 0.4 degrees.

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