Heavy snowfall at Lahaul Spiti and Kullu on Friday paralysed normal life in the two districts.
Kullu town witnessed torrential rain as well as snowfall throughout the day. According to data available with the district adminstration, Manali town in Kullu recorded 65 cm snow throughtout the day, the highest this plac has received this season. while the tribal district Lahaul Spiti Kelang recorded 60 cm snow Deputy Commissioner Lahaul Spiti Beer Singh Thakur said that the snowfall has disrupted transportation in the district.
“The public works department (PWD) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will deploy personel and machinery to clear the roads for vehiclular traffic as soon as the weather permits,” he said.
Thakur has urged people to remain indoors until the weather clears and avoid going to avalanche-prone areas.
Manali, meanwhile, saw buses on nearly 20 routes, including 12 of the Himachal Road Transport corporation (HRTC), stranded on Friday because of the heavy snow. HRTC depot manager of Kullu Chaman Upadhyay said that traffic on NH 1 going towards Manali has been disrupted while left bank on Naggar was blocked completely, with few vehicles plying. Power supply at Manali also faced distruptions.
Kullu deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said that no untoward incident has been reported so far.
He urged the people to remain inside their houses during inclement weather and refrains from to visit avalanche prone areas for their safety concern.
On the other hand, the tourism industry is expecting good business after fresh snowfall, which will attracts tourists to Kullu-Manali in coming days.
Buses on nearly 20 routes are stranded on Friday because of heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of district Kullu.
Work manager of Himachal Road Transport corporation (HRTC) Depot Kullu Chaman Upadhyay said, traffic toward Manali side has disrupted completely while left bank on Naggar was totally blocked due to heavy snow.
Similarly many local routes were closed on Friday and 12 HRTC buses of corporation have caught in the snow in middle of various local routes.
The NH 1 was completely disrupted from Kullu to Manali. Only small vehicles are plying on the road. Electricity supply is completely disrupted at Manali, which raised discomfort for tourists as well as common people.
When contacted deputy commissioner Kullu Rakesh Kanwar said, the situation is calm and no untoward incident has been reported so far because of snow in the district.