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Manali-Kullu stretch caves in

Chhavinder Thakur, Hindustan Times  Manali, August 18, 2013
First Published: 00:32 IST(18/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:33 IST(18/8/2013)

The 100-m-long stretch of the Manali-Kullu via Naggar Left Bank road caved in due to heavy and continuous rains at Aleo, 1 km from Manali.

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A huge retaining wall, which was recently completed by spending lakhs by HPPWD near steel bridge, has again collapsed, putting commuters to great inconvenience.

The road at the foundation level has turned into a slushy stretch. The road caved in on Thursday night. Though the HPPWD has resumed the construction and repair of the damaged portion, continuing rain has been hampering the reconstruction.

Long queue of vehicles is witnessed on the stretch. Local hoteliers have expressed concern on the deteriorating condition of the road at this risky and congested stretch.

Gagan Thakur, a local hotelier and treasurer of the Manali Hoteliers Association, said adequate arrangement should be made to repair and reconstruct the damaged road at Aleo to facilitate the tourists and locals.

Thakur regretted that during the recent tourist season, the dilapidated condition of the Left Bank road at Aleo had adversely affected the inflow of tourists to the valley.

Anup Ram Thakur, a fruit grower from Aleo village, sought immediate repair and reconstruction of the damaged road at Aleo so that transportation of apple produce from the Left Bank belt to the fruit markets was not affected.

Besides, Sunny Verma, a leading hotelier from Aleo, has also   urged the government to pay special attention to the damaged portion of the Left Bank road to facilitate the tourists and fruit growers.

The Left Bank road happens to be a route to historic Jagatsukh village, Dashal village, famous for its historic Gauri Shankar temple and Naggar known for Roerich's art museum and historic Naggar castle.

GC Gupta, executive engineer, HPPWD division no 2, Kullu, has said with the caving in of the road at Aleo, HPPWD has suffered loss of lakhs of rupees.


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