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Shimla witnesses season’s first snowfall, tourists rejoice

December 29, 2020 06:06 AM

COURTSYHT DEC 29

Shimla witnesses season’s first snowfall, tourists rejoice
The plains experienced light to moderate rainfall along with strong velocity winds

A JCB machine clearing snow from The Ridge in Shimla on Monday. DEEPAK DANSTA/HT
HT Correspondent

letterschd@hindustantimes.com

Shimla/Dharamshala : Shimla received the first snowfall of the season on Sunday night, bringing cheer to tourists who come here in large numbers to celebrate New Year.

Light snowfall started around 9.15 pm at Mall Road, Jakhu, Chhota Shimla and other areas of the city.

State’s meteorological department director Manmohan Singh said that the weather will remain dry throughout the state from December 29 till January 3.

The Met department has also issued a yellow warning of ground frost and cold waves in lower hills and plains of the state on December 29 resulting in crop destruction.

Rohtang Pass witnessed 60cm snowfall, North Portal of Atal Tunnel received 40cm, Jalori Pass 30 cm, Solang 25cm, Kufri, 14 kilometres away from Shimla has received 30cm snowfall, Dalhousie 22cm, Kothi 18cm, Khadrala and Manali received 14cm each, Nichar 10cm, Shimla 9 cm, Gondla 8cm, Jubbar Hatti 4cm, Khada Pathar and Sungri have received 7cm snow each while Rohru has recorded 2cm snowfall.

Peripheral areas of Mcleodganj town including Dharamkot and Naddi also experienced mild snow while the Dhauladhar mountain range wore a thick white blanket.

Meanwhile, the plain areas experienced light to moderate rainfall along with strong velocity winds intensifying the chill.

In Chamba, Dalhousie hill station and upper reaches including Bharmaur and Pangi also experienced snowfall.

Ghumarwin in Bilaspur district recorded 34mm rain, Hamirpur 22mm, Palampur received 16mm rain, Nahan 14.6mm, Solan 13.8mm, Bilaspur 13.5mm, Chamba 13mm, Kangra 12.8mm, Una 9.8mm, Mandi 8.4mm and Dharamshala 2.6mm.

Shimla SP Mohit Chawla said that roads in upper areas of the districts including Kharapathar, Narkanda, Fagu, Khidki and Chambi were blocked due to snowfall however, National Highway-5 has been cleared for traffic, however, Theog Hatkoti road is blocked in Khadapathar. The road is being cleared.

“Roads in the Dhalli, Mashobra, Sanjauli, Lakkar Bazar, Navbahar and Chhota Shimla suburbs of Shimla town are slippery. People should plan their visit accordingly,” he said.

Apart from it, around a dozen roads in the Chopal sub-division have also been blocked.

Atal Tunnel, National Highway-305 has also been blocked for vehicular traffic due to fresh snowfall in Solang valley and in Jalori Pass. Kullu SP Gaurav Singh has advised the people not to visit these areas. Shimla shivered at minus 1.1°C while the minimum temperature in Kufri reached -2.4°C. Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie recorded 0.2°C, 1.4°C and -3.4°C minimum temperatures respectively.

The minimum temperature in Una is 2.8°C, 0.7°C in Solan, 3°C in Bilaspur, 2.8°C in Hamirpur, 7.9°C in Nahan, 3.2°C in Mandi and -3.1°C in Kalpa, Kinnaur district.

Keylong, headquarters of tribal district Lahaul and Spiti is the coldest place in the state at -6.7°C minimum temperature.

Atal Tunnel sees highest single-day inflow of 5,450 vehicles

The strategic Atal Tunnel in Rohtang which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October has emerged as a major tourist attraction.

For the first time since it was opened for vehicular traffic, the tunnel witnessed a record single-day inflow of 5,450 vehicles on Sunday.

Over 2,800 vehicles went towards Lahaul from Manali side while 2,650 vehicles came from Lahaul.

Kullu SP Gaurav Singh said that more than 30 drivers who were overtaking the queue were challaned and fined for disturbing traffic movement. They were allowed to move only after the rest of the traffic got cleared. No overtaking zone was implemented between Palchan and South Portal.

DGP Sanjay Kundu has said that the police were managing the bumper traffic in an excellent manner and it was being ensured that the tourists visiting Atal Tunnel from various parts of the country did not face any inconvenience. Kundu said that Atal Tunnel had become a major tourist destination in a short period of time

 
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