With incessant rain triggering landslides along Mandi-Manali national highway, Kullu administration has requested people to avoid driving during nighttime when its raining heavily.
Another landslide at 16 Mile, 12km from Manali, had blocked the NH on Wednesday and Thursday. Four vehicles that were attempting to cross the stretch got stuck in boggy road on Wednesday and two vehicles stuck on Thursday morning. They remained stuck for hours until an excavator came for help. Although machines have been deployed here, landslides are blocking the road again and again.
Sliding at Kalath, 15 Mile, Aluground and Rangari are posing threat to traffic. A dozen of vehicles have been hit by rolling boulders in recent days. This has affected the public transport on Kullu-Manali route as only a few buses are coming till Manali. Even some government buses are not coming till Manali, forcing people to travel in taxis.
Manali-Rohtang road has also suffered severe damages due to landslides at many places. The whole mountain face is sliding down on the highway near Beas bailey bridge, making driving beyond Manali a nightmare. All low floor cars are colliding with the ground here.
The entire Kullu district, especially Manali region, has received snow and rain for most of the days in both January and February. The earth has lost its water absorption capacity and has started to slide.
Kullu deputy commissioner Yunus said the widening of the national highway is underway which is resulting in frequent landslides. “Driving becomes more risky in nighttime when slides and rolling boulders are not visible to the driver. We have advised people including tourists avoid driving in nighttime during rain and snowfall when chances of slides are maximum,” he said.