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Rohtang Pass to open to traffic in a week

Mandi, April 1
The Border Roads Organisation will open the Rohtang Pass to traffic between Kullu and Lahaul Spiti within one week which will prove to be a big respite for residents of the tribal district.
According to BRO officials, the teams, engaged in the snow-clearing operation, have reached near the Rohtang Pass from both Manali and Koksar side and merely a 700-metre stretch of snow has been left - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ek/567292.html

Long weekend nightmare for locals, tourists in Shimla, D’sala
Shimla, April 1
The three-day-long week-end proved a boon for hoteliers as high occupancy was reported during the period. However, the tourist rush proved a nightmare for the locals as well as tourists as roads were choked with vehicles, resulting in massive traffic jams.
Thousands of tourists and locals were stranded in the 8-km traffic jam from Tara Devi to old bus stand during the day. A large number of people returning home, including employees and students as well as tourists, had a harrowing experience as traffic normalised after nearly three hours - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...la/567297.html
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BRO clears Rohtang Pass of snow

BRO personnel engage in clearing snow from the Manali-Keylong highway at Rohtang on Thursday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Manali, April 5
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has cleared 13,050-feet high Rohtang Pass of snow, enabling movement of light vehicles between Kullu and Keylong on the Manali-Leh highway.
Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul, had been closed for vehicular activity since December last because of heavy snowfall, which had deprived the residents of the tribal district Lahaul-Spiti connectivity with the areas with the rest of the state.
Equipped with modern machinery and technically skilled officers and jawans, the BRO had started snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway on March 12 after organizing a puja near Beas Nullah, about 32 km from Manali town. - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ow/569284.html

Heavy rain lashes Dharamsala
Dharamsala: Heavy rain and a hailstorm lashed Dharamsala on Thursday afternoon. The mercury dropped by a few notches, cheering tourists. While Kangra remained dry, the upper areas of Dhauladhars received snowfall. Residents were mostly seen indoors TNS - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...la/569291.html
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Hail, rain lash Shimla areas
Shimla, April 8
A severe hailstorm followed by downpour lashed Shimla and the surrounding areas on Sunday bringing normal life to a halt. The vehicular traffic and power supply in the capital were badly hit. The hailstorm resulted in thick fog which reduced the visibility.
Roads were flooded with water and drains in the town started overflowing. Shopkeepers at Mall Road had a tough time in stopping the water from entering their shops - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/570984.html

Eco-tourism complex on encroached land in Kasol soon
Kullu, April 8
The Forest Department, Kullu, will develop an eco-tourism complex at Kasol on the 1.6 bigha forestland in the region, which was occupied illegally for business purpose. The case was going on in the Supreme Court and a judgment has been delivered in favour of the Forest Department.
The officials of the Forest Department are struggling hard in Kullu district to take the possession of forestland from encroachers.
Talking to The Tribune here, BL Negi, Conservator, Forest Department, Kullu, said the department would take over the possession of the forestland measuring 1.6 bighas worth crores adjacent to the Range Forest Office, Forest Rest House and forest complex in Kasol within 15 days - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...on/570994.html
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Heavy rain disrupts traffic on Dharamshala-Shimla highway, kills 15-20 animals in Shimla
SHIMLA: Heavy rainfall in the lower regions and snowfall in the higher reaches has brought down mercury in Himachal Pradesh. Besides bring respite from hot weather, rainfall has also wreaked havoc in some parts of state. Around 15-20 animals reportedly perished in a cloud burst incident reported from Jhajer village of Sunni block in Shimla district while heavy rains resulted into tree felling in Pakka Baroh area of Hamirpur that blocked Dharamshala-Shimla National Highway on Sunday night - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63678806.cms

Manali-Leh highway to open by May 8

Additional Director General, BRO, Mohan Lal addresses officials and jawans in Rohtang on Monday. Photo by writer
MANALI, APRIL 9
The 475-km Manali-Leh highway, which remains blocked with snow in winter months, will be opened to traffic by May 8, a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official on Monday said.
BRO Additional Director General Mohan Lal said a team of the BRO Project Himank was clearing snow from Leh to Sarchu and was expected to reach Sarchu till May 5. A Project Deepak team, which was clearing snow from Manali side, had also set a target of May 5. “We will open road till Sarchu between May 5 and 8. Then traffic will be allowed on the route,” - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...-8/571374.html
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Bad weather till April 12: Met office
SHIMLA: Jhajer village of Sunni block in Shimla district suffered heavy losses after debris and gushing water entered houses on Sunday evening. Dharamshala-Shimla national highway remained blocked for around seven-eight hours near Pakka Baroh area in Hamirpur on Monday, after a tree fell on the road following rain and storm in the area - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63693052.cms
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Fresh spell of snowfall revives cold wave in state

Clouds envelop the hills after it rained in Shimla. Amit Kanwar
Shimla, April 11
Cold wave condition was revived in most parts of the state as maximum temperatures plummeted by five to eight degrees following fresh snowfall and rains in the region.
While Rohtang Pass, Kothi and Mari received 32 cm, 8 cm and 5 mm of snow, mid and lower hills experienced widespread rains. Gohar in Mandi district was the wettest with 53 mm rains while Manali, Salooni and Una received 35 mm, 31 mm and 30 mm rains, followed by Hamirpur 27mm, Seobagh 26 mm, Dalhousie 25 mm, Dharamsala and Kandaghat 22 mm, Nagrota Surian 21 mm and Naina Devi 20 mm.
The sky remained heavily overcast in Shimla and intermittent rains lashed the town and surrounding areas and maximum and minimum temperatures dropped to 12.4 degree Celsius and 8.0 degree Celsius - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/572543.html
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BRO reopens Manali-Keylong highway

BRO personnel clear snow from the Manali-Keylong highway at Rohtang on Friday. Tribune photo
KULLU, APRIL 13
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has again cleared snow from 13,050-feet high Rohtang Pass after the snowfall at the peaks on April 11 and 12 had hampered the movement of vehicles. Earlier the Manali-Keylong road was connected by the BRO on April 5 but traffic came to a halt after the Rohtang again received about two feet of snow.
The BRO’s 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) commander Colonel AK Awasthi said that snow had been cleared from Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway. He said that teams of jawans moved towards Rohtang from its both sides and accomplished the task late on Friday. A few vehicles went from Manali side to Keylong - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ay/573457.html

Tourist season on, guest houses sans water, power

Dharamsala, April 13
The tourist season in Dharamsala is in full swing. But more than 100 small guest house owners in upper areas, including Dharamkot and Bhagsunag, are without power and water connections.
Lokesh, who runs a guest house from his residence in Dharamkot, said notices issued by the Tourism Department clearly stated that the guest house owners should get maps passed by authorised architects and the Municipal Council authorities.
“They have been asked to make necessary amendments in buildings as per the corporation’s guidelines and then register those with the Tourism Department. If small guest house owners of upper Bhagsu and Dharamkot follow the instructions of the Tourism Department, they will have to spend Rs 2 lakh, which was a substantial amount for them,” he said.
The guest houses in Dharamkot and upper Bhagsu have grown over a period of time. Locals have converted their small houses into guest houses, each having two to three rooms. Earlier, since the approach to these areas was by foot, mostly foreigners used to stay in these guests houses. But with the passage of time and better road connectivity, these spots have become a favourite with domestic tourists as well - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...er/573454.html
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Manali four-laning work leaves hoteliers worried

The Kullu-Manali highway where four-laning work is in progress. Photo: Jai Kumar
Manali, April 17
Poor condition of the Chandigarh-Manali road, where the four-laning work is in progress, is a big blow to the tourism industry. The NHAI is carrying out construction on this route.
At several places between Pandoh and Manali, the widening of the road is going on, which may cause long traffic jams as the rush of tourists will increase in the coming days. Hoteliers are worried about their business because of the impact of four-laning - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/575410.html

Manali set to become first 'honk free' town
MANALI: After claiming to have become first town in the country to impose complete ban on plastic in 1995, Manali is doing all possible to become first “honk free” town of country.
The administration here believes that a series of awareness campaigns, rallies and education programmes will help in making the town noise free. After conducting a cycle rally on April 10 with message of no honking in town, the bikers of the town on Tuesday took out rally with the same message. In the next step the senior citizens and students will take out rally in the town to encourage people not to honk. No honking campaign will continue throughout the month - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/63802023.cms
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Manali set to become first 'honk free' town
So they are set up for traffic jams and don't want folks to honk. How convenient
Noble gesture by the local community but good luck with the majority of the NCR tourists (read the spoilt and the entitled lot)!
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any update on cherry blossom season, with some photographs?
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Snow in Rohtang, traffic on Manali- Keylong road hit

Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall at Gulaba on the Manali-Rohtang road on Friday. Photo by writer
MANALI, APRIL 20
Inclement weather in upper Manali worsened on Friday with the higher reaches, including Rohtang Pass, receiving fresh snowfall, while the lower parts of the region were lashed by rain.
The traffic on the Manali- Keylong highway was also disrupted due to the fresh snowfall on the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti valley - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...it/577179.html
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Here is the link to a photograph that appeared in 'The Tribune' today -
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Respite from scorching heat

Shimla and other parts of the state witnessed a squall and hailstorm on Friday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
People living in the lower hills had some respite from the scorching heat as a severe thunderstorm accompanied by a squall brought down the day temperatures by a few notches.
Shimla and other parts of the state were lashed by a squall and hailstorm, reducing visibility at some places. The hailstorm disrupted power supply and uprooted trees at a few places.
Sundernagar and Dharamshala recorded 11 mm and 4.4 mm of rainfall till the evening. The hailstorm and squall caused damage to stone fruit crops and standing wheat crops in mid hills.
The Met department here has predicted wet spell in the mid and higher hills for the next six days - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...at/580853.html

Heli-ambulance to cover entire state round the clock

Shimla, April 27
The free heli-ambulance services likely to be started by a Switzerland based charitable institution Heli Mission will cover the entire state of Himachal Pradesh and not just during the winter months but all through the year.
The tripartite agreement will be signed between Department of Health, Heli Mission and the Willingdon Hospital, Manali, shortly for which the Cabinet gave its nod on Thursday. The services will prove to a boon for the people of remote and inaccessible areas as it takes several hours for them to reach to a health institute which can handle the medical exigency - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ck/580742.html
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Intermittent showers lash state

Shimla witnessed thunderstorm and squall, accompanied by intermittent showers, for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Rain lashed parts of Himachal, bringing down the temperatures by a few notches. Aghar with 23-mm rain was the wettest in the state followed by Sundernagar 11 mm, Paonta Sahib 10 mm, Pachhad 9 mm, Kahu and Kasauli 7mm each, Palampur 6 mm, Jhandutta, Baldwara, Berthin and Dharampur 5 mm each, Chail, Dharamsala, Nahan and Bilaspur 4 mm each, Bharari, Dalhousie and Kufri 3 mm each - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/581350.html

Spring fest begins at Kullu
KULLU, APRIL 28
The three-day state-level Spring Festival, earlier known as Pipal Jatra, got off to a colourful start here on Saturday with the welcome of local deity Gouhri Devta by Kullu Municipal Committee office-bearers.
Gopal Krishan Mahant, vice-president, Kullu MC, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will inaugurate the cultural festivities at the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at Dhalpur in the evening - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...lu/581281.html
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Manali-Leh road to open by mid-May

BRO men busy clearing snow near Baralacha on the Manali-Leh road on Monday. Photo Jai Kumar
Mandi, April 30
The Border Roads Organisation is struggling hard to restore the traffic movement on the Manali-Leh highway via the Baralacha Pass.
The BRO, entrusted with the task to clear the highway of snow, intends to complete the work in two weeks. The highway was blocked in November due to heavy snowfall.
The restoration of this road will open the door for the people of tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti to run tourism activities in the region for self-employment.
After connecting the 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, now the BRO has engaged its workforce and machinery towards the Baralacha Pass - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ay/582087.html

Saach Pass to open in 7 days

The PWD has pressed into service JCB machines and dozers to clear the snow from the pass
Chamba, April 30
The administration of Pangi subdivision in Chamba district has started clearing snow from the Saach Pass on a war footing and is trying to link the valley with the rest of Chamba district by the first week of May.
It is for the first time that the highway will be opened to the vehicular traffic in a record time, if the weather conditions remain favourable. Resident Commissioner Rohit Rathore said on Sunday that the PWD had pressed into service JCB machines and dozers to clear the snow from the pass - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ys/582088.html
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