The weather opened up in the Himachal Pradesh capital on Friday after the first snowfall of the New Year. Many roads in the suburbs including Circular Road in Shimla city have become slippery due to heavy snow accumulation. HRTC bus services in Shimla city have been stalled since morning. Ordinary people are falling and slipping on foot towards their respective destinations.
Shimla’s roads from Khalini to Tolland, Chhota Shimla, Himland, Lift Road and Lakkar Bazaar have become glass due to snow freezing. The traffic of all types of vehicles has been stalled. Common people were seen pushing and trying to get their cars out of the snow but have not been successful in getting the cars out.
Vehicles are stranded on the road in Shimla city due to heavy snowfall at places.
Also the slippery is so much that walking is nothing short of risky.
Supplies of milk, bread and all other daily necessities have not reached Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. As a result, all people are facing a lot of trouble.
On the other hand, Shimla traffic beyond Banuti has been closed for all types of vehicles on NH 205 in the early morning hours. As a result, eight districts of lower Himachal Pradesh have been cut off to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Several HRTC buses, trucks and small vehicles have been completely stranded from Dhanda towards Ghanahatti since Thursday night.
Heavy snowfall in Shimla city at night has stopped the wheels of all types of vehicles. The road has been closed for all types of vehicles beyond Banuti-Hiranagar towards Shimla. Banuti-Hiranagar is expected to reopen by noon. There is a long traffic jam from Shimla railway station to RTO.
Shimla district many roads closed due to heavy snowfall, power outage in many villages overnight –
Many sub-divisions of Shimla district have been cut off from the capital after heavy snowfall.
Heavy snowfall on Thursday has left about 250 power transformers and 121 roads in Shimla circle completely shut down.
Besides Shimla city, supply has been affected by about 250 power transformers in Thiog sub-division including Chaupal and Sunni.
However, the electricity board claimed that most of the transformers had been fixed by late evening. Restoration of 60 transformers in Kupvi is underway by Electricity Board personnel. The Shimla district administration has advised people to contact 112,1077, and 0177-2812344 in case of emergency.
All people can contact the Shimla District Administration on these numbers to request for help.
After heavy snowfall, a tree had fallen on the HT line in the upper circle of Shimla city. The Shanan area was also without power on Wednesday night. Power supply in the Shanan area has been restored by electricity board personnel at around 10 a.m. Several sub-stations have been experiencing power cuts due to increased load.
Electricity Board superintending engineer Lokesh Thakur told Diary Times correspondent Kumud Sharma that due to heavy snowfall, power supply from most of the transformers in Shimla city has been restored till late evening. Some transformers in Shimla city are still lying off. All the transformers lying shut down are due to be repaired by Friday.
According to the Public Works Department, about 121 roads in Shimla Circle have been blocked due to heavy snowfall. The 121 roads include 5 of Shimla division, 1 of Shimla rural, 85 of Thiog division and 30 of Chaupal division.
About 65 roads have been restored to traffic.
In addition, snow removal work has been started from 56 roads till late evening.
HRTC buses have been sent from Shimla to Rampur via Dhami-Basantpur. Besides, roads in Kufri, Fagu, Mashobra, Narkanda, Khadapatthar, Khidki and Chaupal-Kupvi have been closed due to heavy snowfall.
Public Works Department superintending engineer Deepak Raj Chauhan told Diary Times correspondent Kumud Sharma that day and night work has been started on a war footing to restore all the closed roads. A large number of workers including 25 JCBs, 3 robots and 7 tippers are engaged in the restoration work to restore all the closed roads.
Shimla city is divided into five sectors –
Shimla city has been divided into five sectors to maintain traffic during heavy snowfall. Officers of concerned departments have been deployed in each sector.
Sanjauli, Chhota Shimla, Dhali, Kufri and Naldehra have been placed in Sector-1.
Sector-2 includes Dhali, Bypass, IGMC, Lakkar Bazar, Tunnel, Kathu, Bharadi, Choda Maidan, AG Office, and Himachal Pradesh University.
Sector-3 includes bypass NH road ISBT via Tak, Chakkar, Baluganj, Tutu, Jatog, Nabha, Phagli, Ramnagar, Khalini and Vikasnagar.
Sector-4 includes the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Road from Tunnel to Chhota Shimla, Oakover, US Club, Ridge, Hollyloll, Jakhu, Rich Mount, Ram Chandra Chowk and HP High Court.
Sector-5 includes Himachal Pradesh Secretariat, Chhota Shimla, Host, Kasumpati area.
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