Hindustan Tibet National Highway could not be opened for the vehicular traffic for second day today however Revenue Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur claimed that state government has been working over time to respite people from the snowfall.
The fresh reports claim that one person died in Kugti area of Chamba this afternoon as he came under the spate of avalanche in Bharmour subdivision.
In a press statement issued today Mr Thakur also claimed that state is monitoring the situation on the real-time basis arisen due to snowfall in higher reaches and intermittent rains in lower belts of the state. He said that every possible measure is being taken to bring normalcy in the areas that are suffering under the brunt of heavy rain and snow.
As many as 160 link roads in the State were affected and to make them through for vehicular traffic, the work was going on war-footing, he said, adding that the vehicular traffic had been restored till Bhabanagar in district Kinnaur.
As per the reports, reaching the state headquarters, as many as 140 villages in district Chamba were facing power disruption and the work to restore the electricity is in full swing. Mr. Kaul Singh Thakur also said that barring few areas, the water supply was normal throughout the state and directions had been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners to personally monitor the situation and get the repair and renovation works done on priority.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Shri Tarun Shridhar said that all the departments have been asked to be on their toes to provide relief to the people, besides restoring the essential services. As per reports around 24 roads were affected in Solan district due to landslips, which would be opened in a day or two.
The alarm bells have been sounded in tribal areas as well and the people have been asked not to venture out due to fear of avalanches and landslides. He said that sufficient funds had been provided to all the Deputy Commissioners and other departments and agencies concurred to carry out relief and restoration works. He said that the Irrigation and Public Health department, PWD, electricity department had been told to depute additional manpower for restoring the roads, pipelines and electricity.