Traffic to upper Kinnaur areas disrupted
Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 17
Vehicular traffic to upper Kinnaur areas beyond Karcham was disrupted following the “delaunching” of a temporary bridge on the Hindustan — Tibet road which was threatened due to a sudden surge in the water level of the Sutlej yesterday.
The General Engineering Reserve Force (GREF), which maintains the highway, was forced to “delaunch” the bridge as the water level rose by over 2.5 metres and almost started touching the bridge which was erected to provide a link to the upper areas which were cut off after the flash floods last year.
Buses bound for the upper areas were being terminated at Karcham where the authorities have made arrangements for trans-shipment. Essential supplies and other goods are also being trans-shiped.
GREF engineers did not “delaunch” the bridge completely. Pedestrians can cross the river.