Mandi: The Chandigarh Manali National Highway, which was closed due to landslides in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, has been restored after 20 hours of hard work. Due to the debris of big rocks on the road, this major road was completely jammed. Due to this, hundreds of vehicles were stopped and thousands of tourists were stranded here. The administration and NHAI teams together cleaned the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway and made the traffic smooth.
It may be noted that the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway was closed at around 9 pm last night due to heavy landslides near miles 7, 6, and 4. Efforts were being made to restore the highway since Monday morning, but due to adverse weather, many problems were coming to the fore. The KMC company engaged in the construction of the forel lane continued its efforts to open the road with machinery and traffic was restored at around 4.30 pm.
SHO Mandi Sadar Skinny Kapoor told that now this highway has been restored for one-way traffic. First of all, the police are making efforts that all the vehicles stuck in the jam should be removed with immediate effect. Now the process of removing these vehicles has been started. Policemen are present on the spot, who are contributing to maintaining the traffic system.
It may take 2 days to restore the entire highway
ASP Mandi Sagar Chandra told that it will take 9 or 10 o’clock in the night to restore the traffic smoothly. Only after that, this jam will be cleared. He told that it was a huge landslide, which was not possible to open quickly. This has been made possible by the combined efforts of the Administration, Police, NHAI, and KMC Company. He told that it may take at least two days to restore the highway two-way.
Big rocks were removed from the spot by blasting
During this, the company engaged in the construction of the fore lane put full emphasis on removing the debris. The weather was also not favorable, but no stone was left unturned to clear the way. Even blasting was done to break the big rocks. Raj Shekhar, project manager of KMC company, said that with everyone’s cooperation, the highway has been restored for one-way traffic by removing the debris. Soon the other side will also be restored.