Kullu DC BM Nanta has refuted the news headlines captioned as “Thousands of tourists stranded at Rohtang following a landslide” which appeared in Thursday edition of most of the newspapers as breaking news.
After holding an emergency meeting, DC told Discover Kullu Manali that no such tragic event happened on Rohtang and the traffic was operational throughout the night. “I’m in regular contact with border roads organization (BRO) officials. Work is on to make the paved highway at landslide prone stretch near Rahni Nullah. We are serious about the security of tourists. SDM Manali himself is taking stock of the situation at Rohtang pass,” he said.
He further added that some trucks had made it a routine to stop for some time near Rohtang and the sinking zone at Rahni Nullah was causing jams for few minutes but administration is bound to keep the traffic moving without freezing for more than half an hour. “Traffic on Manali-Leh highway has been steadily increasing. All heavy vehicles are being stopped near Manali and are allowed only at night time. Everything is going fine in Manali,” DC adds.
Some newspapers had published news on Thursday that around 1,500 tourists are stranded in Rohtang pass following a landslide at Rahni Nullah. They also wrote that tourist had to spend all night inside their vehicles between the Rohtang and Rahni Nullah. Kullu administration said the newspapers are spreading false rumors and are scaring tourists visiting Rohtang pass.