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#2011 Nov 9th, 2018, 21:21
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Alert sounded in Kullu due to heavy rainfall, snowfall forecast

The MeT Department has predicted heavy rainfall and snowfall from November 10 to 12. Photo: Jai Kumar
Shimla, November 9
The Kullu district administration has sounded an alert in view of a forecast of heavy rainfall and snowfall, urging people not to go the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh, an official said Friday.
The MeT Department has predicted heavy rainfall and snowfall from November 10 to 12 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...st/680557.html

150 vehicles evacuated from snow-stuck Lahaul, dozens still stranded in Ladakh
MANALI: After nearly 500 people stranded in Lahaul have been rescued in the last few days, nearly 150 vehicles that had been stuck in the area following snowfall on November 2 were evacuated on Thursday after snow from the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway was cleared. However, dozens of vehicles are still stranded in Ladakh and people are looking for other option to come back home.
Lahaul valley generally remains open till November 15 but repeated spells of snowfall has trapped people as well as supply vehicles that provide fuel and ration to the people of Lahaul and Ladakh. Nearly 500 people, mostly labourers working in Lahaul, were stranded in the valley after November 2 snowfall and the Lahaul administration had sent them to Manali via the Rohtang tunnel.
Cutting through 30-150cm of snow, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) on Wednesday evening cleared snow from the Manali-Keylong highway. Stranded vehicles from Lahaul reached Manali and those who wanted to go to Lahaul went from Manali side. A large number of supply trucks had made queues at Koksar and were waiting for BRO to clear snow from Rohtang Pass - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66549865.cms
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Snow, rain likely in next four days

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Shimla, November 11
The hills of Himachal Pradesh might experience rains and snowfall in the next four days, a weather official said here on Sunday.
"There are chances of rainfall and snowfall at some places in the state till November 14," meteorological office Director Manmohan Singh told IANS.
He said the Western Disturbances - storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - were likely to be active in the region.
Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Palampur and Manali are likely to have light to moderate rains, while Kalpa and Chitkul in Kinnaur district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district might have more spells of snowfall. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ys/681389.html
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Glass-roofed coach to chug on Shimla rail track soon

[IMG][/IMG]The 115-year-old Shimla-Kalka train will soon have its first see-through Vistadome coach that will allow passengers to see the landscape through the glass ceiling. The train’s first trial trip with the new coach on Saturday was successful and it will soon be attached to the trains running on the narrow-gauge track.

The cost of the Vistadome coach, which is made of glass, is Rs 10 lakh. Even roof and doors are transparent and made of 12-mm thick glass. The 36-seater coach is fully air-conditioned and steel railings have been erected along the doors. It comprises designer LED lights, window blinds and cushioned wooden interiors. The aesthetically designed Vistadome coach CT-15, also known as Nihaar, is a first-of-its-kind on the Kalka-Shimla railway section. The journey time between Shimla and Kalka is five hours.
Station Superintendent Prince Sethi said, “The train with the Vistadome coach took off from Shimla and reached Kalka with the railway staff on board. The run was successful.”

During his last visit to Shimla, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had directed that such a coach be manufactured for the narrow-gauge rail line. The timing, fare and the number of coaches to be attached with the train are yet to be decided. The railway authorities are working to reduce the journey time to four hours, which will encourage people, especially tourists, to travel by train.
In 2009, the Kalka-Shimla rail track was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. There are 103 tunnels on the rail line, besides 800 bridges, 919 curves and 18 railway stations.

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Rain, snowfall predicted in Himachal for 3 days

The Kullu administration has warned people against going to the higher reaches. Tribune photo
Shimla, November 11
The intense cold wave conditions gripped most parts of the state as the high-altitude tribal areas had another spell of moderate snowfall while mid and higher hills were swept by strong icy winds and sky remained partially overcast.
The local MeT office has predicted rain and thunderstorm in lower and mid hills and rain or snow in higher hills at isolated places over the next three days from November 12 as an induced cyclonic circulation is very likely to develop over central Pakistan and adjoining west Rajasthan during 48 hours affecting Himachal Pradesh.
The tribal areas and mountain passes groaned under the biting cold wave conditions with the minimum temperatures staying between minus eight and minus 13 degrees while Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts recorded a low of minus 1.9 degree and 1 degree while key tourist resort of Manali shivered at 1.2 degree C. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ys/681487.html

Rohtang road may stay blocked for six months
MANALI: With the Border Roads Organization (BRO) declaring that it is not economically viable to clear the snow-bound Rohtang road repeatedly, the expected snowfall in the next three days is likely to block the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway for six months.
According to BRO, clearing snow is not only an extremely dangerous task but is also very expensive. Besides man power, the multiday snow clearance operation requires expensive machineries and thousands of litres of fuel. For the convenience of local residents of Lahaul and to help evacuate stranded vehicles, BRO had already cleared snow from Rohtang three times since September 25 this year.
Since locals and Lahaul administration have completed all important pre-winter works, BRO officials said it would not be possible for them to clear snow anymore. They say that they have already intimated Lahaul administration to make all preparations accordingly.
Besides, BRO claims that there is Rohtang tunnel in case of emergency. Thousands of people have been evacuated through the tunnel since September. The organization would start seasonal snow clearance from Manali towards Leh in March - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66582671.cms
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Snow forces buses to return from Rohtang
MANALI: Two Lahaul-bound buses of HRTC had to return back to Kullu on Monday after snowfall blocked the road to Rohtang Pass.
A bus that had started early morning safely reached Lahaul while one bus from Lahaul also reached Kullu.
"Three buses had left from Kullu to Keylong and one bus had come from Keylong to Kullu. While two buses crossed the pass, two got stuck in traffic at Gulaba. Later, it started snowing in the region and we felt it was safe to return to Kullu rather than taking risk of crossing the pass," HRTC regional manager at Keylong Mangal Chand Manepa said - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66602534.cms

Himachal Pradesh: Heavy snowfall alert issued for Bharmour region
DHARAMSHALA: The Chamba administration has issued an alert about heavy to very heavy snowfall in the Bharmour region of the district.
The district authorities have asked the people to keep a tab on weather conditions before venturing out.
Deputy commissioner Hariskesh Meena said local bodies and government departments have been asked to strictly follow the advisory - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66593894.cms

Snarl-ups hassle Shimla tourists

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam in Shimla on Monday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, November 12
Frequent traffic jams on the Shimla-Parwanoo national highway and in the “Queen of Hills” have become a cause for concern for the tourism industry as it is impacting the tourist inflow.
Tourists coming to Shimla face traffic snarls from Timber Trail as the highway is under construction. Moreover, entering Shimla during weekends has become a tedious task, with traffic congestion becoming a headache in the city as well as the suburbs like Dhalli and Kufri.
“Shimla has more or less become Delhi, where long traffic jams welcome visitors,” a tourist from New Delhi said - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ts/682156.html
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Rohtang Pass closed for winter

Rescue posts have been set up at Koksar and Marhi on the Manali-Leh highway for villagers if they get trapped while trying to cross Rohtang on foot even as the pass was officially closed for vehicular traffic today.
The traffic movement between Manali and Lahaul was stopped on Monday due to fresh snowfall at Rohtang.

Generally, Rohtang Pass is officially closed every year for traffic on November 15 for winter but due to early snowfall this year, the BRO has pulled back its machinery and workforce from the area.
According to a BRO official, the pass received more than 60 cm snow in two days. The road had turned slippery and frost started to deposit on the ground, which could be risky for those travelling on the route.

DC, Lahaul Spiti, Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari said the district administration had set up two rescue posts at Koksar and Marhi, where 10 persons have been deployed for rescue.

The DC said the villagers had been advised to ensure their registration at each post while coming from Manali and heading towards Lahaul.

This has been done to enable the district administration to provide immediate help if anybody who gets trapped while crossing in the area on foot. The rescue posts will be removed on December 31 or earlier depending over the weather condition.

During winter these days, residents of Lahaul Spiti shuttle between Manali and Lahaul via Rohtang Pass on foot, when the Pass is closed for vehicular traffic.

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It seems, this year mountain weather has gone back 20 years in time.
Such frequent snowfall so early in winter had become a thing of the past. Rohtang actually used to get closed for winter only after early to mid December in past few years. It was only out of legacy that BRO keeps saying that Nov-15 is closure day.
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Season’s first snow at Narkanda, Kharapathar

Snowfall at Narkanda on Thursday. Tribune photography
Shimla, November 14
Intense cold wave sweeping most parts of Himachal further tightened its grip as the high-altitude tribal areas. Mountain passes had another spell of snow and mid and lower hills were lashed by strong-velocity icy winds.
The state capital Shimla and the adjoining tourist resorts of Kufri and Fagu were lashed strong winds while Narkanda, Kharapathar and Hatoo Peak received first mild snowfall of the season.
The local MeT Department has predicted rain and thundershowers in Una, Chamba, Kangra and Bilaspur districts and at isolated places in Shimla, Sirmour, Solan and Mandi districts. The department has also predicted snowfall in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts and higher riches of Shimla and Chamba during the next 24 hours.
The high-altitude tribal areas and high mountain passes, which earlier experienced snowfall, reeled under piercing cold wave conditions with the minimum temperatures ranging between -8°C and -13°C. Keylong, Kalpa and Manali recorded a low of -3°C, -0.2 °C and 2.2°C. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ar/683157.html
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Manali, Kufri witness season’s first snowfall

Locals woke up to a pleasant surprise in Manali on Thursday. The town received 5-cm snow. Photo: Jai Kumar
Mandi, November 15
Manali, Kufri and upper reaches of Dharamsala wore a white mantle following snowfall, the season’s first, on Wednesday evening, bringing cheers to hoteliers and tourists. The weather was partially cloudy on Thursday and tourists immediately rushed to the Solang valley to enjoy the snow.
Higher reaches of Mandi district like Shikari Devi, Prashar and Kamrunag also received fresh snowfall late on Wednesday, resulting in drastic dip in temperature in the entire region. Manali upper areas received around 10 cm snow, while the main town experienced 5 cm snow. Hoteliers are expecting good business in the coming days as snowfall is considered a boon for the tourism industry. Diki Thakur, who runs a cottage in Rangri near Manali, said, “It’s after a long time that Manali received snowfall this early. Hence, we are expecting a good winter season this year.” - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ll/683596.html

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Himachal sunny after snow, rain

Tourists enjoy Yak ride in Kufri near Shimla. Tribune photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, November 16
A day after moderate snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, capital Shimla and nearby tourist spots saw a sunny Friday although the minimum temperature at most place was close to the freezing point.
The meteorological office said the maximum temperature would now rise as there would be no chance of precipitation till November 19.
This was the season's first snowfall in Manali, Kufri and Narkanda resorts.
The snowy landscape in Manali and Narkanda will stay this way for about three-four more days, the Met office said - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...in/684043.html
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Keylong in Himachal shivers at minus 6 degress C
Shimla, November 17
Cold wave in Keylong of tribal Lahaul and Spiti district intensified on Saturday as the night temperature fell further, especially in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, after the recent snow, the meteorological department said.
Keylong, tourist destination Manali in Kullu district and Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district continued to shiver under below-freezing point temperatures, Manmohan Singh, Shimla meteorological centre director, said.
The lowest temperature in Himachal was recorded in Keylong at minus 6 degrees Celsius between 5.30 pm on Friday and 8.30 am on Saturday - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...-c/684612.html
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Dry weather predicted in state
Shimla:
The Local MeT Department has predicted dry weather in the region for the next six days till November 25. However, the western disturbance is likely to affect the Western Himalayan region from November 22 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...te/685755.html
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BRO bows to pressure, to reopen Rohtang

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In the wake of the forcible entry by Lahaul residents into the Rohtang tunnel late on Monday, the BRO has decided to reopen the Rohtang Pass to traffic in a day or two. The authorities have started the snow-clearing operation.
Security has been tightened around the Rohtang tunnel following a major security lapse on the part of the BRO, which failed to prevent the local residents from entering into it.

Nearly 80 persons, including women and children, had entered the tunnel. However, they had covered nearly three-km stretch of the 8.8-km-long tunnel when due to the lack of adequate oxygen, many of them felt suffocated and fell unconscious, prompting the Lahaul administration to begin a rescue operation.
Two of the rescued were taken to Manali. One of them has been referred to the PGIMER, Chandigarh, while the other is recuperating at Manali Mission Hospital. Others were taken back to Lahaul.

Residents of Lahaul had been waiting to reach Manali via the Rohtang tunnel since Monday morning. However, the authorities concerned did not allow them to move till late evening. Irked over this, they forcibly entered the tunnel.

To prevent the recurrence of such incident, the district administration has set up a police post at the north portal of the tunnel to keep a tab on the movement of the locals.

Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul Spiti, Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari said the tunnel was not a safe passage for the common man because of the ongoing construction work. Besides, it lacked adequate oxygen. The people had been informed about it. The Deputy Commissioner said the tunnel was used only in emergency cases.

The Deputy Commissioner said people had been advised to stay calm as the BRO had started clearing snow on the Rohtang. The residents were earlier planning to open the tunnel on their own by hiring machinery. They had even started collecting funds. Since the closure of the Rohtang Pass on November 12, the residents have been facing difficulty while moving between Kullu and Lahaul.

Additional Chief Secretary, PWD, Revenue and Disaster Management, Manisha Nanda said the BRO had started work on the reopening of the Pass on Wednesday.

She said the state government had taken up the matter with the BRO to restore the Rohtang Pass for vehicular traffic to facilitate the people of Lahaul valley. The Pass was officially closed for winter due to the recent heavy snowfall.

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CM to open Town Hall, parking lot, lift in Shimla on Nov 29

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is likely to inaugurate the renovated Town Hall, a heritage building, along with the multi-level parking complex near the ISBT and a new lift on The Mall on November 29.

The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to move a resolution to take over Town Hall in its session next week.
According to sources in the Department of Tourism, the Chief Minister would inaugurate the building, the new lift project and parking complex near the ISBT on November 29. “The preparations are underway for the inauguration of these projects,” he said.

The issue related to the possession and use of Town Hall is still pending in the High Court and the Chief Secretary has filed an affidavit. The government under the ADB project has spent Rs 7 crore on its renovation.
Social activists, resident associations, Nagrik Sabha, NGOs, councillors and local MLAs from the BJP, the Congress and the CPM have differences over the use of Town Hall.

In its last-ditch effort to take back Town Hall, the SMC has decided to move a resolution in the coming session next week. The Town Hall is the property of the SMC and it should come back to it, said Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret.

The multi-level parking near the ISBT will provide the parking facility to over 1,200 vehicles.

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Traffic restored on Chandigarh-Manali highway after a day

Mandi, November 22
Traffic movement was on Thursday restored on the Chandigarh-Manali highway near Banala after it was blocked because of a massive landslide.
The four-laning of the highway is under progress and the National Highways Authority of India had engaged its workforce and machinery for the work.
Deep cutting towards hillside had caused the face of the hilltop to slide, resulting in the landslide around 9:30 am on Wednesday. This blocked traffic between Mandi and Kullu and the movement of vehicles remained hit for over 24 hours.
A big boulder was hanging on upper side of road, which could be a potential threat to the vehicles moving on road side. The district administration had asked the authorities concerned to break the boulder through blasting to avoid any danger to human life - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ay/687281.html
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Snow likely in higher reaches
Shimla, December 2
The higher reaches of Himachal are likely to receive snowfall on Thursday, the Meteorological centre here predicted.
The light snowfall may occur over high reaches under the influence of a feeble western disturbance, MeT centre director Manmohan Singh said on Sunday.
Currently dry northwesterly winds are prevailing over the northwest at lower and upper levels of the atmosphere, so no rain or snow is expected over Himachal Pradesh till Wednesday - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...es/692317.html
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