The Chandigarh-Shimla national highway number 22 was blocked after a major landslide occurred in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district on Monday night, police said.
“Major cracks have developed on the road after the landslide at Kiari Bangla near Kandaghat. The road has sunk on the stretch and has been closed for traffic,” Shimla deputy commissioner Amit Kashyap said on Tuesday morning.
Traffic to Shimla has been diverted through lateral roads connecting Shimla and Kandaghat via Sadhupul.
The police advised people to use alternate routes of Kufri-Kandaghat, Mehli-Kandaghat via Junga and Tutu to Kunihar to avoid inconvenience. Similarly, people coming from Rampur, Rohru, Kotkhai and Chopal may use Chhaila to Solan route via Neripul and Giripul, they said.
The supply of essential commodities, including milk, to the state capital of Shimla was delayed on Tuesday as vehicles were diverted via Kunihar. “Milk and bread supply reaches us early in the morning but today we are still waiting at 8am,” said Ankur Chadha, a daily store ownere in Chotta Shimla.
WORK IN PROGRESS ON STRETCH
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, who also holds the public works department, has directed the National Highway Authority of India to speed up restoration of traffic on the arterial route.
A high-level team of engineers is at the spot to find ways to restore the sinking stretch of the highway near Kandaghat.
NH-22 is a key highway that connects Ferozepur in Punjab with Shipki La on the Indo-China border in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district.
The landslide has affected the movement of army vehicles.