Traffic resumes on Manali-Chandigarh highway after a landslide blockage

August 6th, 2010 - 6:36 pm ICT by ANI  

By Prem Thakur

Manali, Aug 6 (ANI): Traffic resumed on the Manali-Chandigarh highway after the rubble from a landslide was cleared by the Public Works Department.

The road was blocked on Friday at around 1 a.m. due to continuous rains, and was reopened in the morning.

Station House Officer (SHO), Mandi, Sharif Mohamad, said road was now open and the traffic is moving smoothly.

“Around 1 o’ clock the road was blocked because of the rains and after that we diverted the small vehicles, which were heading towards Mandi via Katola and Bajora, and on both sides personnel were deployed, and in the morning, around 7.30 a.m., the road was opened and the traffic is moving peacefully,” said Sharif Mohamad, Station House Officer (SHO), Mandi.

Thousands of vehicles were stuck in the snarl that extended from both sides of the site of the landslide, 50 km from Kullu.

There were no casualties but the rubble caused traffic to back up for several kilometres.

The Chandigarh-Manali highway is a crucial link to Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul and Spiti districts and to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)

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