Himachal landslides: Manali-Leh highway closed at Nehru Kund

The strategic Manali-Leh highway is blocked for over 24 hours after a massive landslide at Nehru Kund, 5km from Manali town towards Keylong
The landslide at Nehru Kund near Manali town blocked the Manali -Leh highway on Thursday.  (Aqil Khan/HT)
The landslide at Nehru Kund near Manali town blocked the Manali -Leh highway on Thursday.  (Aqil Khan/HT)
Updated on Sep 16, 2021 07:46 PM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Shimla/dharamshala

The strategic Manali-Leh highway is blocked for over 24 hours after a massive landslide at Nehru Kund, 5km from Manali town towards Keylong.

The landslide occurred late on Wednesday night and the route is blocked since then.

The traffic was diverted via Burua-Shanag link road, Manali station house officer (SHO) Sandeep Pathania said.

However, a massive traffic jam has been reported on the alternative route.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway, has pressed men and machinery into service to clear the blockade due to big boulders.

Shimla-Kinnaur highway (NH05) is also blocked for traffic since Wednesday after a massive landslide at Chaura. There has been long queues of vehicles on both sides.

Meanwhile, the Chandigarh-Manali highway that was blocked due to a landslide at Aut near Pandoh has been reopened.

The Aut-Banjar-Sainj highway was also blocked due to a landslide at Chhait on Wednesday night.

It took two hours to restore traffic.

No loss of life or damage to private property was reported in the incidents.

Kullu deputy commissioner Ashutosh Garg said link roads were also blocked due to multiple landslides and the public works department was working to restore traffic on priority.

Solan wettest place in state

Since Wednesday afternoon, parts of Himachal Pradesh received light to moderate rainfall. Sujanpur was the wettest place in the state, recording 51mm of rainfall, followed by Solan 34mm, Nahan with 31.2mm and Mandi 28mm and Jogindernagar 24mm.

Palampur town got 23mm of rainfall, Kangra 18.2mm, Paonta Sahib 11.4mm, Bhunter 9mm, Chamba 7mm and Dharamshala 6.2mm.

The MeT department has forecast rains for next one week. A yellow weather warning for heavy rains, thunderstorm and lightening has been issued on September 19 and 20 in ten district except Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti.

People have been warned to avoid unnecessary traveling due to the threat of landslides.

Ban on adventure sports lifted

The two-month ban on adventure sports, including river rafting and paragliding, was eased on Thursday. Paragliding activities resumed at Bir-Billing in Kangra, providing relief to people who make a living out of adventure tourism.

Paragliding and river rafting were banned from July 15 to September 15 due to the monsoon.

Paragliding supervisor at Bir-Billing Ran Vijay Singh said that Covid-19 hit adventure tourism in the region. “With the ban on adventure activities lifted, there is hope of revival. Though the footfall of foreign tourists is negligible since last year, the influx of domestic tourists may increase,” he said.

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