Weather is so uneven now a days, few days back it was baking hot and now we have winter like conditions all around the higher hills or Himalayan range including Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur districts mainly caused by snowfall/rainfall in past few days. Temperatures have dipped a lot and as a precautionary measure HRTC have stopped their bus service as well on Manali – Leh Highway and HPTDC have already stopped the service by 15th September. Those who are planning to take Manali – Leh Highway and other inroads to Lahaul and Spiti, do take this into account.
MANALI: Temperature dropped drastically after snowfall on the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh – Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kinnaur districts. This has caused winter-like conditions here.
And, to ensure safety of passengers, Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has suspended services on the Manali-Leh highway. The Lahaul-Spiti police have meanwhile removed its police post from Sarchu, situated at a height of 14,080feet, on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
SP Lahaul-Spiti Sunil Kumar said: “It has been snowing on the surrounding peaks and it may happen in Sarchu at any time. Traffic flow on the Manali-Leh highway looks normal for the time being but it’s necessary to take preventive measures.”
38-Border Roads Task Force commander Yogesh Nair said intermittent snowfall would not affect vehicular movement but jawans would remain stationed at 16,050foot-high Baralacha Pass to keep an eye on the road conditions.
Meanwhile, incessant rain on the mid hills in Manali have triggered landslides at Nehru Kund, thus causing roadblocks. Debris and heavy boulders rolling down on the roads have aggravated risk factors. Chilly nights are forcing people to use room heaters and quilts, while people of Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi, upper Kullu and Kinnaur are busy stocking firewood and hay for winters ahead.
Minimum temperature at Keylong in past 24 hours was 11.8 degrees Celsius but it was even more cold on high-altitude villages. Kalpa, Manali and Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 12, 13.2 and 15.2 degrees celsius, respectively.
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