While a part of the road that had caved in on the Panchkula-Morni road and cut off more than 100 villages was repaired, on Thursday a similar patch witnessed three landslides on the same road. Due to landslides, 265 villages around Panchkula remained cut off throughout the day. The road could be restored by late Thursday evening.
A roadways bus carrying 52 passengers had a narrow escape. As per the administration, the road had caved in at three approach roads towards the Panchkula side from Morni. The affected roads included the main approach roads to Morni from Panchkula, Chandimandir-Pinjore and Raipur Rani.
A Haryana Roadways bus, carrying 52 passengers, had a narrow escape when a hillock came down just after the bus had passed a turning point near Shileo village on the Panchkula-Morni road at 7.45am. The driver reportedly saw boulders coming down from the mountain and took the bus past before a hillock crashed down completely.
Later in the day, the PWD workers who were working on the previous spot at Thana village, near Madna, started clearing the new blockages. Later, they reached two other spots — one near Plasra village on the Morni-Madna-Raipur Rani road and the other one near Sukha Khala village on the Morni-Thapli-Burj Kotian-Chandimandir road, and it took a lot of time before the road could be cleared. PWD junior engineer Inderpal said, “We were working on the Thana village spot when the bus driver informed us about another landslide 4 km uphill towards Morni. We started to clear the road there and it was only by evening that we were able to clear the road.”
Meanwhile, birthday plans of one Gaurav got spoilt as he was on way to Morni when officials stopped him midway and informed him about the landslide. Many others like him could be seen returning towards Panchkula, as they couldn’t make it to Morni.