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Hindustan-Tibet road opened to traffic among landslides

August 17, 2006

Reckong Peo, August 17
The Hindustan-Tibet road that was blocked for the past one-week beyond Reckong Peo was re-opened for traffic by the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) this morning, even as the risk of being trapped in falling of rocks still prevails.

Blasting by the state Electricity Board and the Public Works Department had allegedly resulted into massive landslide at Pangi village just above the Hindustan-Tibet road.

Rocks were still falling down from the landslide-prone area this afternoon but the GREF personnel deployed there were cautiously making the traffic through even as the risk of being trapped in the rocks still prevails.

A truck hit by falling rocks at this point on the Hindustan-Tibet road had also fell into the Sutlej river on Monday morning.

Colonel M.L. Kom Officer Commanding of GREF said that it requires of manual repairing of the landslide area for a permanent solution to prevent the falling of rocks from above the national highway.

It is the duty of the Public Works Department to fix-up the landslide problem but it has been found that a casual attitude was being adopted by the state agencies ever since the massive landslide struck Pangi village, last week.

There has been continuous pressure on GREF authorities to keep the vital road traffic worthy but ground realities at this point did not permit them to work under uninterrupted falling of rocks.



August 4, 2006

Heavy rains once again undermine the foundations of Kharo Bridge over the Sutlej.


Record rain, snow

June 19, 2006

Shimla, June 19
Intense coldwave conditions have revived in Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kinnuar and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh with the higher-altitude areas of the tribal districts experiencing fresh spell of snowfall, while rain lashed the lower areas during the past 24 hrs.

Jhingam, Hikam, Gomik, Losar villages of Lahaul-Spiti recorded over 2 to 5 inches of snowfall, while Kunjum Pass recorded over 7 inches of snowfall.

Rohtang Pass, situated at 13,050 feet above sea level, Baralacha Pass and other mountain peaks were experiencing snowfall since this afternoon.

Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, was receiving intermittent rain and official sources said the day temperatures were 10 to 12 degrees below normal for this period of the year.

A report from Kullu district said Tirthan Jot, Bisloi Jot, Lamba Lambri, Kirtan Kanda villages and Jaloori Pass in Banjar subdivision had already recorded one-and-a-half feet to 2 feet of snowfall in the past four to five days.

The region had never recorded this amount of snowfall during this month of the year, an official spokesman said.

Kinner Kailesh, Khimuphul Pass and other mountain peaks in Kinnaur district were receiving intermittent snowfall since last night, while the lower areas were lashed by light showers, plummeting the minimum and maximum temperatures in the district.

Pangi subdivision in Chamba district continued to remain cut off from rest of the state for the sixth day today due to closure of Saach Pass, which received another spell of snowfall.


(Re-)reconstructing the Kharo bridge

October 26, 2005

Army engineers starting to construct a new Bailey bridge 

over the Sutlej River , NH22.


Sangla valley road re-opens

October 3, 2005

Sangla (Kinnaur), October 3
The road link to the Sangla valley, one of world’s most beautiful valleys situated in the tribal district of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, was restored by the state government with the assistance of a private company, Jai Prakash and Associates Limited (JPAL), running many power plants in the area on Sunday evening.

The valley was cut off from the rest of the world for the past over three months as a stretch of about 1 km near the reservoir of the 300-MW Baspa hydro-power plant commissioned by the JPAL was washed away during the flash floods in Baspa rivulet, a tributary of Sutlej, followed by heavy rains resulting in landslides in the last week of June, this year.

More than 100 vehicles of tourists that got stranded in the valley in the past three months were safely driven out during the past 24 hours after the restoration of the road link as the sandy rocks on steep heights were fragile, still posing risks of fresh landslides.

Tribune, October 3rd


Snowfall in Kinnaur

September 17, 2005

Snowfall in Kinnaur

Reckong Peo, September 17
Incessant rain during the past 24 hours has disrupted normal life in many parts of Kinnaur district. There were reports of snowfall on high mountain ranges in upper areas of Kinnaur.

The road link to Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur, was cut off for more than six hours from the rest of the country in the morning on Saturday as landslides were witnessed on the National Highway 22 at many points.

The rain has also hampered the ongoing restoration work on the national highway.

The road link from Reckong Peo to Pooh and Kaza in Spiti valley through the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road was also disrupted during the past 24 hours.


Sutlej bridge repair claims 34 victims

September 13, 2005

After more than 36 hours of rescue operations to trace the bodies of 34 army jawans who drowned in the raging waters of the Sutlej river in Kinnaur district on Thursday, the only success was a body which was spotted near Pawari, about 120 km from Shimla.

The 60-metre-long Bailey bridge, being constructed by the 18th Engineers Regiment, was scheduled to be opened to public on Friday. The entire team of senior army officers had come to inspect last-minute operations on the bridge when the tragedy struck suddenly.

Considered to be a lifeline between the Kinnaur valley and rest of the country, this is the fourth time that the bridge has collapsed in the last five years. The bridge last caved in last June after the Pareechu Lake’s banks were breached due to flash floods.

(provisional cable car bridge at Kharo , from the Tribune. News story from DNA


Sangla valley cut off

September 9, 2005

Sangla, one of the world’s most beautiful valleys situated in the tribal district of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, is still cut off from the rest of the world. The only road connecting it through Rampur-Karcham was washed away around 10 weeks ago during floods in Baspa rivulet, a tributary of the Sutlej. The floods were followed by landslides triggered by heavy rain. Thousands of people living in the valley and the adjoining areas of Rakcham and Chitkul are facing hardships in transporting essential commodities to the valley.

Officials of the PWD and the JPAL were working day and night to reconstruct the road, said Mr Murari Lal, deputy general manager of the JPAL. They hoped to complete the work in the next three weeks, he added.


Buses running – at a risk

August 22, 2005

Reckong Peo, (Kinnaur) August 22
Despite landslides and debris having rendered roads in Kinnaur district vulnerable for running heavy vehicles, buses of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation continue to ply on these, putting the lives of thousands of commuters to risk daily.

The worst part is that the buses plying on these damaged roads, which are being repaired, are in bad shape. Most of the buses in Reckong Peo district are old and have outlived their utility for plying on hilly terrains.

Talking to The Tribune, Jagat Ram, a driver of the HRTC, said every time they left from Reckong Peo or Karcham on the way back, the offered prayers to reach the destination safely.

Landslides are occurring continuously along both sides of the roads along the Sutlej.

Interestingly, trucks have been stopped from plying on these vulnerable roads under reconstruction. The movement of heavy vehicles belonging to the armed forces has also been stopped temporarily keeping in view of the deplorable condition of roads. Instead, helicopters are being put to use daily by the armed forces to transport essential commodities to the upper Himalayan regions along the Indo-Tibet border.

bus to Rekong 2007

Tribune , August 22th


Rekong , Kalpa.. still cut off

August 14, 2005

Thousands of people living in Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur, and townships of Kalpa and Pooh remain cutoff from the state headquarters of Shimla, ever since the Sutlej played havoc about three weeks ago, damaging the National Highway-22 at various places. Reckong Peo, around 250 km from Shimla, is one of the remotest tribal areas of the country. Kalpa and Pooh are situated even further, around 16 km and 50 km, respectively, from Reckong Peo.

Local officials claim that the road network for light vehicles through the NH-22 would be resumed by next week. However, keeping in view the slow pace of repair work at the sites, it might take another month before light-vehicle traffic can be restored.

The resumption of traffic for heavy vehicles on this road could take months as winter is approaching and the area records heavy snowfall each year.

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