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#1846 May 2nd, 2018, 21:37
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Tourists allowed to go up to Marhi

Manali, May 1
The Kullu administration has opened the Manali-Rohtang road for tourists up to Marhi.
Complying with the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the district administration will allow only 1,200 vehicles in a day from Wednesday up to Marhi where adequate arrangements have been made to facilitate the tourist.
Those who are keen to visit Rohtang have to wait for more days as the administration is not yet ready to allow the tourist up to the pass.
Tourists will have to take permits to ply vehicles beyond the Gulaba barrier up to Marhi for which they will have to pay Rs 550.
The authority will charge Rs 500 as permit fee, Rs 50 congestion charges for light vehicle and Rs 100 for heavy vehicles - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...hi/582563.html
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Squall, hail lash Shimla, Kufri; hit normal life

People walk on The Ridge as it rains in Shimla on Wednesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar.
Shimla, May 2
Normal life was disrupted as thunderstorm, accompanied by squall, lashed Shimla and its surrounding areas while Kufri was hit by hailstorm.
The Dhalli-Kufri highway was covered under white carpet of hail while a squall lashed the capital, reducing the visibility to zero, disrupting the traffic. It was dark at noon and vehicles had to move at a snail’s pace with headlights on.
Parts of Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una, Kangra, Mandi, Sirmaur and Solan districts were also lashed by squall, causing a sharp fall in mercury and day temperatures dropped by four to six degrees. Hailstorm and rain damaged fruits and flowers in Nirmand and Anni in Kullu and upper Shimla areas - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...fe/583129.html
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‘Walk the Track’ along Kalka rail line on May 12
Shimla, May4
To create an awareness on protection, conservation and cleanliness of the Kalka-Shimla railway track (UNESCO World Heritage Site), a “Walk the Track” will be organised along the Kalka-Shimla railway track on May 12.
The initiative has been taken by the Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLSA) under the guidance of Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court and Executive Chairman of the Authority Justice Sanjay Karol.
The drive will not only see cleaning, forestation and beautification of the heritage Kalka-Shimla railway track in a big way, but will also be useful in sensitising people about the protection and preservation of environment and ecology in general. - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...12/584217.html

Tourists at taxi operators’ mercy
Shimla, May 4
With no check on taxi operators, tourists and locals are at their mercy and forced to pay exorbitant charges.
Despite court orders, the successive governments have failed to force taxi operators to install meters due to pressure by taxi unions.
The government is seeking subsidised flights on the pattern of North-Eastern states but has failed to rationalise taxi fares. Taxi operators are charging between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,600 for dropping passengers to the Jubbarhatti airport from Shimla, a distance of 22 km - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...cy/584202.html
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Kunzum Pass thrown open to light vehicles

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Stormy conditions persist in state

People walk on The Ridge after rain in Shimla on Saturday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, May 6
Stormy conditions prevailed in several parts of the state with scattered rains occurring at a few places. The maximum temperature dropped by a few notches.
The local MeT has warned of thunderstorm accompanied by squall and hailstorm at some places in the lower and mid hills from May 6 to May 8 keeping farmers and fruit growers on tenterhooks.
The MeT office also predicted thundershowers and rain in mid and lower hills and rain or snow in the higher hills till May 10 - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...te/585285.html

Himachal Pradesh gets snow, rainfall
SHIMLA: The higher hills of Himachal Pradesh experienced mild snowfall on Monday, while the mid and low hills saw rainfall, the weather bureau said.
It warned of more snow and rains accompanied with hailstorms and gusty winds in the state till Wednesday. While Shimla town got mild rain, the high altitude areas of Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti district received snowfall, according to a Met official here - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64060052.cms
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Shimla hit by heavy hailstorm; Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi on alert

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Himachal advises against travelling to higher reaches
Shimla, May 8
The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday advised locals and tourists not to travel towards the higher reaches as moderate snowfall and rains continued across the state.
An advisory was issued to avoid travelling to the high hills of Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of snow and rain are high over the next 24 hours, a government spokesperson told IANS here on Tuesday morning - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/586181.html

Snow, rain lash state, more in offing, says Met
Shimla, May 7
Wintry conditions returned in the higher hills and tribal areas as moderate snow occurred at some places while mid and lower hills received widespread rain. Keylong and Gondla recorded 4 cm and 3 cm of snow while the Rohtang Pass was covered under 10-cm thick layer of snow.
The minimum and maximum temperatures dipped to 2.9°C and 3.5°C at Keylong while the high altitude tribal areas reeled under sub zero temperature - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...et/585829.html

Manali-Keylong bus service suspended
Kullu, May 7
The HRTC bus service between Manali and Keylong on the Manali-Leh highway via Rohtang Pass has been suspended as 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass received a fresh snowfall.
Mangal Chand Manepa, Regional Manager, HRTC depot at Keylong, said keeping in view the snowfall in the valley and the Rohtang Pass, all crew members of buses had been directed to avoid plying buses between Manali and Keylong - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/585821.html

Kangra Fort set to regain lost grandeur

Shimla, May 7
The oldest fort of India, the Kangra Fort, is one of the monuments waiting to be adopted by the Centre, but a similar exercise to seek funds for the conservation of the Viceregal Lodge, now housing the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) here, has failed to catch the attention of corporate honchos in 2010.
The much-hyped “Adopt a Heritage” scheme of the Centre may be in the thick of a controversy but the crumbling Kangra Fort, steeped in history, could find a saviour so that the relic could be saved for posterity. Built in times when history was not recorded, the imposing fort, spread over 463 acres, stands on high cliffs, along the Ban Ganga river. As per the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), it is the eight largest fort in the country - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ur/585820.html
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Manali-Naggar-Kullu road blocked

A road that was damaged by a landslide triggered by heavy rain at Jagatsukh village in Manali on Tuesday. MC Thakur
MANALI, MAY 8
The upper Manali region, including Rohtang, received a fresh spell of snow while the lower parts were lashed with rain, bringing down the mercury on Tuesday.
Marhi on the Manali-Rohtang road, which was opened to tourists, had also received snow.
A landslide near Jagatsukh village had blocked the Manali-Naggar-Kullu (left bank) road, posing a threat to the Jagatsukh bridge - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/586297.html
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Rain lashes Shimla, snow in tribal areas

Locals and tourists enjoy a rainy day in Shimla on Wednesday. Photo Amit Kanwar
Shimla, May 9
The maximum temperature rose by a few notches across Himachal as stormy conditions subsided after widespread heavy rain and hailstorms at many places in the past 24 hours.
While high-altitude tribal areas and other higher reaches received fresh snow, the mid and lower hills received intermittent heavy rain and hailstorm and the minimum temperature stayed three to seven degree below normal.
Keylong and Kalpa reeled under severe cold conditions with minimum temperature at .6 degree and 1.4 degree while mercury stayed between minus 4 and minus 6 degree Celsius in the high-altitude tribal areas.
Shimla recorded a minimum of 5.8 degree Celsius, eight degree below normal, while Solan and Bhuntar registered the minimum 10.5 degree , followed by Sundernagar 11.6 degree, Nahan 12. 3 degree, Palampur 12.5 degree, Dharamsala 12.8 degree and Una 16 degree.
The local Met Office has predicted dry weather in the region on May 10 and 11 and rain and thunderstorm in mid and lower hills and rain or snow in the higher hills from May 12 to 15 - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...as/587075.html

15-km jam throws Kullu-Manali traffic out of gear
MANALI: Hundreds of tourists were caught in nearly 15km-long jam between Kullu and Manali on Tuesday night.
The jam that lasted for six hours left tourists stranded.
While some got stuck at places where they had nothing to eat, others were forced to take refuge in whatever accommodation (guest houses, homestays and hotels) they got.
Tourists coming to Manali managed it somehow, but it was nightmare for those going back home as they had to catch flights and trains from Delhi and Chandigarh - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/64102106.cms
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Manali-Keylong road reopens

MANALI, MAY 10
After clearing snow on the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul-Spiti, the BRO reopened the Manali- Keylong highway to vehicular traffic on Thursday.
SDM, Manali, Raman Gharsangi said the residents of the Lahaul valley would be allowed to cross the Rohtang Pass. The vehicular traffic from Manali would move first towards Keylong in the early hours of the day followed by the vehicular traffic from the Lahaul valley to Kullu - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ns/587316.html

Himachal may get more thundershowers next week
Shimla, May 11
Himachal Pradesh may get more thundershowers next week as the weather bureau here on Friday predicted that western disturbances would be active once again in the region.
“Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are likely to occur at some places in the state between May 14 and 15 with the western disturbances affecting the Western Himalayas,” Manmohan Singh, the meteorological department director, told - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ek/587699.html
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BRO opens Manali-Leh road ahead of schedule

The BRO opens the road by the end of May or mid-June, but this time, the scanty snow in the winter eased its task. The BRO had started the snow-clearing operation on March 12.
Mandi, May 13
The BRO threw the Manali-Leh road open to vehicles through the Baralacha Pass on Saturday. The road had been blocked since November after heavy snowfall.
The strategically important Manali-Leh road is used to send supply to the Army deployed in the Ladakh region.
This year, the BRO had started the snow-clearing operation from Manali on March 12. Generally, the BRO opens the road till the end of May or mid-June but this time, the scanty snow in the winter eased its task.
Taking to The Tribune, BRO Commander Colonel AK Awasthi said, “Despite tough challenges, our team has opened the road in a record time.
The road crosses through high mountains and passes, which receive heavy snow every year and it poses tough challenge to restore the road for traffic movement in time.” - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...le/588723.html
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Originally Posted by srb810 View Post ...BRO Commander Colonel AK Awasthi said, “Despite tough challenges, our team has opened the road in a record time.
Amazing work. I’ll be even more amazed when BRO nails the predicted opening dates. Like last year they were around two weeks off this time.
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Licences of 10 paraglider pilots in Billing suspended

A tourist enjoys paragliding at Billing. Photo: Kamlajeet.
Palampur, May 14
Baijnath SDM Vikas Shukla has suspended the licences of 10 paraglider pilots for risking the lives of tourists in Bir Billing.
The SDM had constituted a core committee to look into the complaints of illegal flying at Billing. On the report of the committee, the SDM has imposed ban on flying by these pilots.
Earlier, there was no check on illegal paragliding at Billing. In the past three months, a number of cases of illegal flying were reported to the police and the local administration.
Following news items carried in these columns a few days back regarding sharp increase in paragliding mishaps, the state government had ordered the verification of licences and other documents of 140 registered pilots with the Tourism Department. Surprisingly, no proper verification was made and all pilots, trained or untrained, were still flying - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ed/589120.html

Snow clearing goes on at Saach Pass
Dalhousie, May 14
The recent snowfall on the Saach Pass has again spoiled the efforts of the administration of Pangi tribal subdivision in Chamba district undertaken for clearing the snow from the Saach Pass on the Chamba-Killar road.
Resident Commissioner (RC) of Pangi Rohit Rathore confirmed on Monday that the recent snowfall had disrupted the operation launched by the PWD at Saach Pass. However, despite inclement weather, the work has been restarted on a war footing by deploying JCB machines and dozers so that the traffic could be resumed as early as possible - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ss/589123.html
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Dhungri mela begins with fervour

Devotees throng the Hidimba temple during the Dhungri mela in Manali on Tuesday.
Manali, May 15
The famous Dhungri mela to appease Goddess Hidimba started with religious fervour in Manali on Tuesday. On the opening day, local people from adjoining villages in their traditional dresses brought their deities to the temple in processions. Folk artistes performed Kulluvi natti on the occasion - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ur/589801.html

Landslides cut off Pangi from Lahaul
Mandi, May 15
Pangi region of Chamba district has been cut off from the tribal district Lahaul and Spiti for the past three days as massive landslides have occurred at five places on the Udaipur-Killar road, which connect the both districts.
The landslides have badly damaged two bridges, which require immediate maintenance work to restore normal traffic. Karu Nullah bridge got badly damaged, while Kucher bridge is also unfit for heavy vehicles. This is the main route used by the people of the Pangi region to move between Kullu and Chamba district also - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...ul/589800.html
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Kullu-Kaza bus resumes

An HRTC bus on the Kullu-Kaza route in Lahaul-spiti on Thursday. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, May 17
The HRTC has resumed its bus service between Kullu and Kaza via Kunzum Pass in Spiti on Thursday. The bus was flagged off by Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda from Kullu.
The bus service was stopped on October 15 because of heavy snowfall at Kunzum, blocking the highway.
The pass receives heavy snow every year during winter, which cuts off the Spiti region from Lahaul and Kullu. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) restores the road for traffic in May or June every year, depending on weather condition - here is the link to the news - http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/him...es/590747.html
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