Hundreds of commuters were stuck in a traffic jam for over five hours at Bathu on the Shimla-Pathankot highway, 30 kilometers from Dharamsala, on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.
The traffic jam was caused by heavy influx of pilgrims from neighbouring states. People stuck in the jam alleged that some unruly pilgrims had parked their two wheelers in middle of the highway and Bathu bridge.
They also alleged that there were no police to regulate the traffic which worsen the situation.
“When we contacted police, only two constables were sent to the spot while there were hundreds of vehicles stranded on both sides of the Bathu bridge,” said a man who was stuck in the jam.
Meanwhile, the district police officials said police was sent to the spot but they reached the spot late due to some reasons.
It was worth mentioning that lakhs of pilgrims from neighbouring states visit the famous Hindu shrines, Jawalji, Chamunda and Brajeshwari in Kanga every monsoon. They often travel on two wheelers or goods carrier converted into double deckers causing traffic chaos and the police fail to cope up with the problem due to shortage of manpower.
According to figures available with the officials at three shrines, over two lakh devotees have visited Kangra since July 27.