Last weekend the tourists from Chandigarh, Delhi and nearby areas had gone to vacay up hills in Himachal Pradesh but remained stranded on the midway due to a landslide on the Shimla–Kalka National Highway (NH- 22). The traffic came to a halt for several hours due to the landslide that had blocked the roads near Jabli, between Dharampur and Parwanoo, with massive debris.
People from Chandigarh driving on the Kalka- Shimla highway should be very careful during the monsoon as the particular area has reported of becoming one of Himachal Pradesh’s highly landslide-prone zone. In fact, the heavy downpour in last few weeks has made all the retaining walls weak and incapable of strengthening the mountains. The reason for such a landslide is the incessant rainfall in Himachal Pradesh due to monsoon and the massive cutting of hills to make four lane roads.
Roads blocked on Kalka -Shimla highway due to landslide
The situation got worse when a big chunk of a hill near Jabli where the construction work to make four lane of the roads got moved due to the landslide blocking traffic for several hours. Not only this, the tourists from Chandigarh, Delhi and nearby areas who had gone to Kasauli, Shimla or Solan last weekend remained stranded and could not return back due to the landslide. Apart from this, the locals at Solan and Shimla were deprived of vegetables, newspaper, milk and bread as the roads were blocked and it cannot get transported from Chandigarh and nearby areas.
Weekend alert for Chandigarh tourists going to Shimla
With a long extended weekend coming up many people from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi must have planned to visit Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla, Chail, Kasauli, Kullu & Manali. But while travelling through the hilly terrains of Himachal Pradesh be cautious as you can witness landslides anytime. As per the Met Department, the areas of Himachal Pradesh will continue to receive rain this month.
It is advisable not to go in or near any rivers as it may prove to be fatal. To clear up the debris of the landslides from the roads the national highway authorities of India (NHAI) and public works department (PWD) are working day and night. Stay tuned for more updates on landslides in Himachal Pradesh near Chandigarh.