Several areas of Himachal Pradesh, including tourist destination Manali received more snowfall on Monday even as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Public Works Department has been directed to clear the roads closed due to heavy snow in different parts of the State so that commuters do not face any inconvenience.
The Meteorological department has predicted heavy snowfall in Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba districts till Wednesday.
Shimla and its nearby tourist spots such as Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda, which are still marooned with last week's snow cover, are likely to get more snow, Met officials said
Manali and its uphill Solang ski slopes and Kalpa, 250 km from the state capital, saw fresh spells of snowfall in the past 24 hours. The higher reaches have been experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall since Sunday, while mid and lower hills recieved rainfall.
Meanwhile, a Himachal Police advisory has asked tourists to keep track of weather alerts when in the state. In a Facebook post, Shimla police stated that the MeT department has issued orange warning for January 13 and yellow warning for January 16 of heavy rain and snow
Kullu police also advised local residents and tourists to not travel up to the higher reaches and snowbound areas of the district.
Kullu Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said the Shimla Meteorological Centre forecasts heavy rain and snowfall in the district from January 12 to 19. He added that people should avoid travelling to the higher reaches as it might prove fatal.
In posts on Facebook and Twitter, Kullu police has asked people to call 1077, a toll free number in case of any emergency.
According to data provided by an official of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), 455 roads including 317 in Shimla zone are still blocked due to snow. Around 409 machines, including 362 earth movers, 16 excavators and 31 dump trucks were working to clear the snow off the roads, the official added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Public Works Department has been directed to clear the roads closed due to heavy snow in different parts of the State so that commuters do not face any inconvenience. He was having an informal talk with the media, here today.
Thakur said that all the Deputy Commissioners have also been asked to ensure that all essential services are restored in the areas affected due to heavy snowfall in the State.
Thakur said that the officers of Irrigation and Public Health Department had also been directed to ensure earlier restoration of water supply in the affected areas adding that the HPSEB had also been asked to take appropriate steps to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Chief Minister appealed to the general public to be more alert and be precautious during snowfall and cooperate with the government and administration.