The Chandigarh-Manali national highway has been blocked due to a landslide. Major landslides on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway has been resulted due to heavy rains in the region. The Chandigarh-Manali road had been blocked near Dheyad a day before and another massive landslip near Jogni Mata temple in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh blocked the highway again yesterday evening.
Chandigarh-Manali National Highway blocked due to landslide
The massive landslide in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh left hundreds of vehicles stranded on both sides. The landslide happened near Jogni Mata temple in Mandi district. The massive landslide resulted in a pile of debris on the narrow highway. Tonnes of debris in the form of stones and sand blocked the road on both sides of the road. The landslip area is indeed scary as it has a deep valley on one side of the road and a steep mountain face on the other side.
Efforts to clear the debri initiated
It was reported that the area is already prone to landslides in the rainy season and this is the third incident of a landslip in Mandi district. In the last eight days, massive landslips have damaged the Chandigarh-Manali national highway. The major reason of landslides in this area is the formation of loose layers of soil and rocks. The region has been witnessing heavy rains for the last few days which added to the loose layers and resulted in the consecutive landslides in the area.
It is not for the first time that excessive rainfall in the region has triggered the landslides in this part of the region. Police along with Public Works Department (PWD) machinery had initiated the efforts to clear the debris from the road to clear the traffic. The Police officials ensured safety of the people besides maintaining the traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway.
Detouring the passengers
It has been reported that a large number of tourists were stuck on the Chandigarh-Manali national highway for more than six hours due to the landslide but the worst hit were around 20 Delhi-bound tourist buses from Manali. Though the police diverted the light vehicles via Kandi-Katola road large buses and other heavy vehicles were stopped as the pass was too narrow for the buses to ply on it.
Source: Times of India