Traffic to Shimla, Manali restored after three days of heavy rains

Electricity supply to Shimla and Manali partially restored

Shimla.

Traffic to popular tourist destinations Shimla, Manali, Chamba and Dalhousie that were cut off from the rest of Himachal Pradesh after rainfall were restored on Tuesday.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of struck tourists has started normalising. Even the electricity and water supply to Shimla and Manali has been restored partially.

Major roads including the Shimla-Manali and Shimla-Chandigarh national highways have been opened for vehicular traffic, said an official statement quoting Public Works Engineer-in-Chief AK Kohli.

Apart from this, popular tourist places of Kufri and Dalhousie have also been restored to traffic. More than 70 major roads have been opened by the department, he said.

Shimla, which experienced heavy rainfall, recorded a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was 17 degrees.

However, Kinnaur district and towns in Shimla district like Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumarsain, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal are still cut off due to heavy rain, an official said.

A Government spokesperson told the media that no State-run bus has been plying in upper Shimla since Saturday morning as a large number of vehicles were stuck between Kufri and Narkanda.

According to him, traffic is likely to be restored by today evening.

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