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Snow, rain revive chill in state

Commuters walk during rainfall in Shimla on Monday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla: Severe cold wave conditions revived in most parts of Himachal as lower and mid hills were lashed by thunderstorm and rain while tribal areas and higher reaches had another spell of moderate snowfall. Shimla and surrounding areas were lashed by thunderstorm, accompanied by intermittent rain while high-altitude tribal areas and other higher reaches received a fresh snowfall.

Rohtang Pass received 10 cm of snow while Kalpa and Keylong recorded 5 cm and 3 cm of snow while Kalpa also received 7 mm of rain. Bhuntar was the wettest with 9.2 mm rain, followed by Kufri 8 mm, Shimla and Manali 5 mm and Sundernagar 2 mm.
The maximum temperature dropped by a few notches and Una and Nahan recorded a high of 22.2 degree and 21.5 degree, followed by Palampur 20.8 degree, Dharamsala 18.8 degree, Sundernagar 18.1 degree, Solan 16.0 degree, Shimla 13 degree, Keylong 3.5 degree and Kalpa 3.2 degree C. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/snow-rain-revive-chill-in-state/748598.html

Snow-clearing ops begin in Rohtang
Kullu, March 25

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Monday started the snow-clearance operation from the Manali side to open the 13,050-ft Rohtang Pass. A ‘puja’ was performed amid mild snow in Gulaba to commence the operation.
Commander, 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF), Col Uma Shankar said the BRO would try to reopen the Rohtang Pass by the first week of May in the wake of the Lok Sabha poll. The strategic 479-km Manali-Leh national highway was also likely to be opened by May-end. Colonel Shankar said although the restoration work was a challenging task due to heavy snowfall, all efforts would be made to restore road connectivity to the Lahaul valley. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/snow-clearing-ops-begin-in-rohtang/748596.html
| S Roy Biswas
Dalhousie-Khajjiar road opens

The Dalhousie-Khajjiar road was opened to traffic on Tuesday.
Dalhousie, March 26
Finally, the Dalhousie-Khajjiar road was opened last evening before the onset of the tourism season. The road, having a distance of about 24 km, had been blocked for about two months due to heavy snowfall.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Chamba Harikesh Meena, the opening of the road had brought cheer among hoteliers and locals associated with tourism activities.
Meena said heavy machinery like JCBs and the PWD workforce were deployed to open the road which was covered by snow. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/dalhousie-khajjiar-road-opens/748876.html
| S Roy Biswas
BRO opens Tandi-Udaipur road

The snow-clearing operation near the Udaipur-Tandi area in Lahaul district. Tribune photo
Mandi, March 28
After three months, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has restored the Tandi-Udaipur road to traffic in Lahaul-Spiti.
It will enable residents of the Udaipur region to avail transport facility between Udaipur and Keylong. These had been cut off since December because the area had received a heavy snowfall, which blocked the road.

Locals said Tandi is 40 km from Udaipur. The relentless efforts of the BRO had proved successful which connected the road in a short period. Most link and main roads are under a thick layer of snow these days. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/bro-opens-tandi-udaipur-road/749906.html
| S Roy Biswas
One-way system to curb jams on Manali-Rohtang highway
MANALI: In an attempt to combat traffic jams, the authorities have decided to bring into force unidirectional traffic system on Manali-Rohtang highway from May.

With the rise in temperature in the plains, lakhs of tourists from across the country head to Manali, particularly snow points of Rohtang, to get some respite. To prevent thousands of vehicles from getting stranded on the narrow road leading to Rohtang, the Kullu administration has decided to make the Rohtang highway one-way and impose a timing system. The highway leading to Manali town would also be made one-way.

At a meeting with officials of all the departments, associations and stakeholders ahead of peak tourist season, Kullu deputy commissioner Yunus said vehicles going to Rohtang, Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi and Ladakh would be allowed till noon after which entry from Manali side would be restricted. “Once all vehicles reach Rohtang, the vehicles coming from the opposite direction would be allowed to come towards Manali. This will enable us to check traffic jams.” - here is the link to the news - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/shimla/one-way-on-manali-rohtang-highway-to-ease-out-vehicle-movement/articleshow/68639058.cms
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Rains or snow predicted as temperature soars
Shimla, April 4
Even as mercury maintained its rising trend in most parts of Himachal and Una recorded a high of 36.0 degree, three degree above normal, the local MeT office has predicted rains or snow at isolated places in the region over next five days up to April 9.

Rains or snow at isolated places in lower, mid and higher hills is likely from tomorrow as a cyclonic circulation lies over the region, the MeT office said. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/rains-or-snow-predicted-as-temperature-soars/753482.html
| S Roy Biswas
Admn gears up to tackle heavy tourist rush in Kullu & Manali

A file photo of tourists strolling on The Mall in Manali.
Tribune News Service
Mandi, April 14
The Kullu district administration is all geared up for the upcoming tourist season. It is expected that Kullu and Manali will witness a considerable increase in tourist footfall in the coming days as compared to previous years because of the ongoing unrest in J&K.
Hoteliers of Kullu-Manali have urged the district administration to make proper parking arrangements to avoid traffic chaos in Manali town.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan has directed the officials concerned to set up mobile toilets at Solang, Marhi and the Rohtang Pass for the convenience of tourists. Solang valley is open for tourist activity, while Marhi and Rohtang will be opened in the coming days as soon as the Border Roads Organisation will restore the pass for vehicular traffic. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/admn-gears-up-to-tackle-heavy-tourist-rush-in-kullu-manali/758372.html

Rain, thunderstorm likely tomorrow
Shimla, April 14
The local Met department has warned of thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm and heavy winds in lower and mid hills on April 16 and 17 due to strong western disturbance.

The Met office also predicted rain and thundershowers in lower and middle hills and rain and snow at isolated place in higher hills for the next four days till April 18. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/rain-thunderstorm-likely-tomorrow/758358.html
| S Roy Biswas
Gulaba thrown open to tourists after four months

Gulaba was closed for tourists following heavy snowfall in the month of December. File photo
Tribune News Service
Mandi, April 16
The district administration of Kullu has restored the tourist point of Gulaba, near Manali town towards Rohtang pass, for tourist activity. The step has delighted hoteliers and tourists as the popular tourist spot was closed for tourist activity for the past four months due to heavy snowfall in the region.

However, movement of tourist vehicles would not be allowed beyond Gulaba. Vehicles would be stopped at Gulaba barrier. The local administration has set up toilets and constructed parking places near the barrier for the convenience of tourists coming to the region. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/gulaba-thrown-open-to-tourists-after-four-months/759279.html

Mercury dips as rain lashes parts of state
Shimla, April 16
Intermittent rains lashed lower and middle hills of the state on Tuesday. Fagu received 13 mm of rain, followed by Kufri 11 mm, Manali and Kalpa 7 mm, Shimla 6 mm, Solan 4.2 mm, Baghi 4 mm and Sundernagar, Dalhousie Sangla, Baldwara and Bijahi 3 mm of rain each.

As a result, the minimum and maximum temperatures decreased by three to seven degrees and Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti was coldest at night, recording a minimum temperature of 4°C while Una was hottest in day with a maximum temperature at 32.3°C. The local MeT office has warned of thunderstorm, accompanied by hailstorm and squall with speed reaching up to 60 kmph or more, at isolated places in mid-lower and lower hills on April 17. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/mercury-dips-as-rain-lashes-parts-of-state/759281.html
| S Roy Biswas
Chill returns after widespread rain in state
Dalhousie wettest in state with 61 mm rain | Rain, thundershowers predicted in mid, lower hills today

People walk during rainfall.
Shimla, April 17
Wintery conditions were revived in mid and higher hills of the state as mercury dropped sharply following widespread rain, which was accompanied by fierce winds.

The minimum temperatures dropped by two to five degrees. Keylong was the coldest at night with a low of 1.8°C while Kalpa and Manali shivered at 3.3°C and 6.8°C. Minimum temperature dropped to 9°C at Shimla, followed by Dharamsala 10.2°C, Palampur 12°C, Bhuntar 12.2°C, Solan 12.4°C, Sundernagar 14.2°C and Una 15°C.
Stormy conditions prevailed in the region and intermittent rains, accompanied by heavily overcast sky, forced residents to stay indoors. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/chill-returns-after-widespread-rain-in-state/759858.html

Life, power supply disrupted in Kangra

The snow-capped Dhauldhar mountain range on Wednesday. Photo: Ashok Raina
Palampur, April 17
Upper reaches of Dhauladhar ranges and Chhota and Bara Bhangal valley received snowfall on Wednesday, while the lower reaches were lashed by intermittent rain. The entire Kangra valley was in the grip of a cold wave which led to considerable fall in the minimum and maximum temperature.

Snow and rain disrupted normal life in the valley. Residents were forced to stay indoors due to the heavily overcast sky. Power supply and telecommunication services were also disturbed. Reports reaching here from the district headquarters stated that the Thamsar Pass and Bara Bhangal had recorded 30 cm of snow till the evening. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/life-power-supply-disrupted-in-kangra/759860.html

Manali gets fresh snow, tourists elated
Kullu, April 17
Tourists had a gala time enjoying fresh snow at Gulaba on the Manali-Rohtang Highway on Wednesday. The Rohtang Pass experienced 6 inches of snow. The higher reaches experienced snowfall while the lower reaches were lashed by rain.

Snow clearance operation by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was hampered due to the inclement weather. The BRO has been engaged in the clearance of snow from the Rohtang Pass to throw open the Manali-Keylong road for traffic. Meanwhile, the administration halted the movement of commuters who cross the Pass on foot to go in or out of the Lahaul valley. Security check posts at Marhi and Koksar also witnessed fresh snow. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/manali-gets-fresh-snow-tourists-elated/759861.html

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