Owing to bad road conditions after a landslide, the Shimla-Kalka National Highway has been blocked for vehicular movement near Kiari Bangla, near Kandaghat, in Solan district on Monday evening.
As told by Shimla ASP Praveer Thakur to a leading news website, the task for widening of road is in progress. The traffic, stranded on both sides of the highway, is being redirected via Shimla-Jubbarhatti-Konihar route and Sadhupul-Junga-Shimlaroad.
Solan police rerouted vehicles on the Kalka-Shimla highway via different routes to save the general public from inconvenience.
As per the traffic advisory issued by the police, traffic coming from Shimla can take the Shimla-Totu-Jubarhatti-Kunihar-Patta-Barotiwala-Baddi-Chandigarh route, Mehli-Junga-Sadhupul-Kandaghat road and the Waknaghat-Chosa-Delgi-Subathu-Dharampur route and the Chailla-Giripul-Solan route.
Whereas, vehicles going to Shimla can take the Dharampur-Subathu-Gamberpul-Jubberhatti-Totu road, the Barotiwala-Patta-Kunihar-Saiyri-Jubbarhatti-Totu road and the Solan-Giripul-Sainj-Chailla road. On the other hand, light vehicles could pursue the Kandaghat-Sadhupul-Junga road for Shimla.
Reportedly, the four-laning of the highway has led to constant excavation of the road along the hill and valley side, and it has become a common sight. Many cracks have been reported in the Parwanoo-Solan stretch, though it is for the first time that it has been found along the Solan-Kaithlighat section, where the AIREF engineers have finished only 24 per cent of the four-laning task.
As per the reports, Solan SP Abhishek Yadav assured that work is in progress by AIREF engineers to restore single lane traffic by undertaking excavation from the hillside. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials are looking into repair work, and traffic is expected to be restored by today.