Shimla wears white man­tle, again

Ve­hic­u­lar move­ment on 75 lat­eral roads in district af­fected; MET pre­dicts more snow

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Region - HT Correspondent let­ter­[email protected]­dus­tan­

SHIMLA : Cold wave con­di­tions in­ten­si­fied across Hi­machal Pradesh on Sun­day with the cap­i­tal city and many ar­eas of up­per and lower hills in Hi­machal Pradesh re­ceiv­ing fresh bouts of snow, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment said.

Shiv­er­ing at sub-zero tem­per­a­tures, tourist places like Kufri, Dal­housie and Manali wit­nessed snow­fall on Satur­day.

Ve­hic­u­lar move­ment on Na­tional High­way 5 con­nect­ing Ferozpur in Pun­jab to Ship­kila vil­lage near China bor­der, was dis­rupted as the high­way was closed on Satur­day night.

“The high­way was closed at 2:00am on Satur­day night as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure due to slip­pery road con­di­tions. How­ever, af­ter re­main­ing closed for nearly 14 hours, the high­way was thrown open to traf­fic at 4:00pm on Sun­day evening. No ve­hi­cles were left stranded,” a traf­fic of­fi­cial said.

The snow­fall snapped in­ter­nal road links in some ar­eas of the district, in­clud­ing Theog and Narkanda, which re­mained cut­off due to snow, while ve­hic­u­lar move­ment re­mained dis­rupted in Jub­bal, Kotkhai, Rohru , Ram­pur and Chopal.

Traf­fic on as many as 75 lat­eral roads in the district was af­fected. Ve­hi­cles did not ply be­tween San­jauli and Lakkar Bazar fol­low­ing thick ice cover on the road near Indira Gandhi Med­i­cal Col­lege.

The road beyond Dhalli also re­mained closed for traf­fic, of­fi­cial said, adding that snow clear­ance ma­chines have been de­ployed on the high­way by the district ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Shimla has re­ceived 3.5cm snow­fall so far bring­ing down the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture to 0.2 de­gree cel­sius, Shimla Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment cen­tre direc­tor Man­mo­han Singh said.

Dal­housie in Chamba district got 30 cm snow­fall, Manali in Kullu district 23cm and Kufri in Shimla district 8cm snow­fall, Singh said, adding that Chail and Saluni wit­nessed 2.5cm snow­fall each.

Tribal district La­haul and Spiti’s ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre Key­long got 9cm snow­fall whereas an­other tribal district Kin­naur’s Kalpa re­ceived 8 cm snow­fall, he said.

The min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture in Kufri was mi­nus 3.4 de­grees Cel­sius, Dal­housie mi­nus 1.7 de­grees cel­sius and it was mi­nus 1.6 de­grees Cel­sius in Manali, he added


Ow­ing to fresh spell of snow, elec­tric­ity sup­ply in some re­gions, in­clud­ing Kin­naur and Manali, was af­fected with ar­eas reel­ing un­der in­ter­mit­tent power out­ages, said Kin­naur deputy com­mis­sioner Arvin­der Ku­mar.

The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment of­fice has pre­dicted more snow dur­ing next 24 hours .Hote­liers cheered in the hope that more tourists will come in large num­bers in the com­ing days.

The lower re­gions of the state ex­pe­ri­enced wide­spread rains with Seobagh and Bhunter in Kullu record­ing 23 mm and15 mm of snow, re­spec­tively. Dharamshala recorded 6 mm of rain­fall while Sun­der­na­gar ex­pe­ri­enced 10 mm of rain dur­ing the last 24 hours. Tourists in Shimla, known for the im­pe­rial grandeur of its build­ings that were once in­sti­tu­tions of power when the town served as the sum­mer cap­i­tal of Bri­tish In­dia, were seen mak­ing merry by hurl­ing snow­balls at one an­other.


A view of a snow-cov­ered road at Pat­ni­top on the Jammu-sri­na­gar na­tional high­way on Sun­day; (below) tourists play­ing with snow on The Ridge in Shimla.

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