Heavy snowfall brings life to standstill in Himachal; 289 roads closed in Shimla
Heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh since Saturday night has brought life to a standstill, particularly in tribal areas.
More than 730 roads, including four national highways, have been blocked for traffic due to the inclement weather.
Maximum 289 roads are closed in Shimla and 181 in Lahaul-Spiti.
Lahaul-Spiti superintendent of police Manav Verma said the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang (ATR) has been closed for traffic.
The Manali-Leh highway is closed for all types of vehicles (from Solang to Sissu) due to heavy snowfall in Lahaul Valley. There is almost three feet of snow in the Valley. The weather is mostly cloudy and snowfall is continuing, he said.
Over 700 electricity transformers, mostly in Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba have been hit due to the snowfall, causing the suspension of power supply in the remote areas. Over 100 water supply schemes have also been hit.
Shimla, Manali wear white blanket
As per the State Emergency Operation Centre Report, the Atal Tunnel north-south portal has got around one feet of snowfall and it is still continuing.
The ATR north portal, Koksar and Sissu got 1.5-ft snowfall that is still continuing and Rohtang has got 2-ft of snow, Jalori Jot 1.2-ft snowfall, Gulaba 10 inches and tourist town Manali 3 inches.
State capital Shimla has got 6 inches of snow. All the city roads and major roads connecting upper areas of the district with the capital town are blocked for traffic, said Shimla SP Monika Bhutungru.
Many parts of the town are also without electricity since Saturday night. The famous tourist destinations of Narkanda and Kufri have around more than a foot of snow. Chopal also got 1-ft snow while Khirki experienced 2-ft snow. Chanshal Peak has got about 6-ft of snowfall.
Chail in Solan got one-ft snowfall. It is also the season’s first snowfall in Chail. In Lahaul-Spiti Koksar and Sissu near the north portal of the Atal Tunnel has got two feet of snow, Keylong got 3 inches of snow and Kaza 2 inches. Sumdo got 1.5-feet snow.
Rakchham, Sangla and Kalpa in Kinnaur district got 5 inches of snow, Morang 3 inches, Nichar 4 inches and Pooh 2 inches.
Shikari in Mandi experienced 1.3-ft snow, Prashar lake 1-ft, Barot 4 inches and Janjheli 3 inches.
The remote Pangi valley in Chamba district got 3 inches of snow and tourist town Dalhousie 1 inch. Bharmour got 6 inches of snowfall. Triund, the trekkers’ destination, overlooking Dharamshala received heavy snowfall besides Naddi village and Dharmkot also got snowfall.
Four youth missing in Dhauladhar moutains
Four youth have gone missing in the Dhauladhar mountains overlooking Dharamshala town. They belong from villages nearby Dharamshala. They had gone on trekking near the Rising Star Hill. SDM, Dharamshala, Shilpi Beakta said a rescue operation has been launched but bad weather is hampering the efforts. She said the rescue teams had been able to contact one of the missing youth as his phone was working and he said that they were stranded after a snow storm.
A suspected Khalistani terrorist, Parminder Singh, has been taken on remand by the crime investigation agency for interrogation in the recovery of two SUVs with fake registration certificates. Parminder is among four 'Khalistani' terrorists arrested by Haryana Police in Karnal on May 5 with explosives and arms. Investigators claimed that Parminder had allegedly bought two SUVs bearing fake registration numbers from Nitin of Ambala and Sandeep of Kharar in Punjab, who have already been arrested.
Yamunanagar police have booked former Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation (HARCOFED) chairperson Rameshwar Chauhan and Chauhan's son Varun Chauhan for allegedly duping former civil surgeon Dr Vijay Dahiya of about ₹50 lakh. Chauhan has, meanwhile, refuted the allegations and accused Dr Dahiya and his son Paritosh Dahiya of not adhering to the conditions in a petrol pump partnership deal.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday said various digital-driven initiatives started in the past over seven years have made the scope of corruption in the state negligible. Khattar said the BJP worked in the direction of its election manifesto to give transparent, clean administration and corruption-free governance. The chief minister said Haryana has set an example for other states in agriculture and industry as well as in sports and education.
Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Rohtak MP Arvind Sharma on Sunday hit out at Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and former co-operative minister Manish Grover. Apologising for his remarks on the Congress and its leader Deepender Hooda last year, the Rohtak MP said he had made the “biggest mistake of his life” by giving a statement in favour of Grover.
Two farmers were trapped in a 40ft deep tubewell pit after a portion of land collapsed when they went down to carry out some maintenance work at Hisar's Saharwa village on Sunday morning, police said. The farmers have been identified as Jaipal Hooda and Jagdish, who had gone down to fix the tubewell motor. At least three more persons were also present on the mouth of the well.