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Despite thick snow, Rohtang tunnel work goes onThe construction work at the south portal of the Rohtang Tunnel continues despite heavy snowfall. photos by writer

Despite thick snow, Rohtang tunnel work goes on

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

MANALI: In its quest to complete the tunnel work before the deadline and for the benefit of the local people of Manali and Lahaul-Spiti, the work at the South Portal of Rohtang tunnel is continuing round the clock uninterruptedly in spite of heavy snowfall.

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MANALI, JANUARY 19

In its quest to complete the tunnel work before the deadline and for the benefit of the local people of Manali and Lahaul-Spiti, the work at the South Portal of Rohtang tunnel is continuing round the clock uninterruptedly in spite of heavy snowfall.

The tunnel is first among the four to be constructed by the BRO to make Manali-Leh an all-weather route, enabling the traffic to ply between Manali and Leh throughout the year without getting troubled by the closure of the 13,050-high-Rohtang Pass for six months in winter.

The other tunnels are Baralachala (11.25 km), Nakila- Lachungla (14.75 km), Tanglangla (7.48 km) and Shinkula (4.15 km). Feasibility study is in progress for Baralachala tunnel by the Rohtang Tunnel Project authorities. Feasibility study of other tunnels on the Manali - Leh road will also be undertaken shortly. All the tunnels will be of two lanes with an additional emergency tunnel and state-of-the-art modern safety features, said Brig D N Bhatt, Chief Engineer, Project, Rohtang Tunnel.

While speaking to The Tribune, Brig Bhatt said whole-hearted efforts were being put by all concerned to achieve breakthrough in July 2017. To achieve the objective not even a day’s work has been allowed to be stopped despite heavy snowfall.

The Chief Engineer further added that in spite of the odds, the project achieved the highest progress in the calendar year 2016. The work on the tunnel started in 2010. The progress during the previous year is 2241.45 m (1677.05m in south portal and 564.4m in north portal).

The work at the North Portal is carried out only for six months due to the closure of Rohtang Pass due to snow. As of now 7.6 km of the 8.8 km tunnel work has been completed. This was achieved while following high safety norms.

The Chief Engineer said to make sure that the tunnel work is monitored properly two officers have been posted at the site. Lal Mani Singh has joined after doing his post-graduation in Rock Engineering and Under Ground Structures from IIT Delhi and Praveen Goel has joined after a deputation with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). He has rich experience of tunneling.

Note ban: Rs 60,000 husband had kept aside is now piece of paper for Solan widow

Note ban: Rs 60,000 husband had kept aside is now piece of paper for Solan widow

20 Jan 2017 | 6:27 PM

SHIMLA: Demonetisation has proved a curse for Bimla Devi, the widow of a sepoy, as the Rs 60,000 she stumbled upon the other day which her husband had kept aside is now of no value.

Fresh snowfall in Keylong, Kalpa

Fresh snowfall in Keylong, Kalpa

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA:Intense cold wave conditions persisted in most parts of Himachal with Keylong and Kalpa receiving 4 cm ofsnow today.

Dharamsala declared second capital

Dharamsala declared second capital

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA:Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today formally declared Dharamsala, situated in the snow-capped majestic and mighty Dhauladhar range, as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh.

Four vehicles engaged in illegal mining impounded

Four vehicles engaged in illegal mining impounded

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The district administration has at last initiated action against the mining mafia which was engaged in illegal operations for a long time in Maloh, area near here.

BJP taken off guard

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s sudden announcement of granting winter capital status on Dharamshala has not just taken everyone by surprise but taken the BJP off-guard as they had been treading a very cautious approach on the issue which has obviously been made to reap political dividends in the election year, notwithstanding the deteriorating financial health of the state.

Cong to issue White Paper on development

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: The Congress today announced that it will issue a White Paper on development works undertaken by the state government before the Assembly polls.

Cong protests demonetisation

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20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: Congress workers, led by the pradhan of the Kaliara panchayat, today carried out a protest march in Dharamsala against the demonetisation by the NDA government.

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BRO starts clearing snow between Manali, Palchan

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

MANALI: To provide relief to the residents of snowbound area from Manali ahead toward Solang and Gulaba, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) authorities have begun snow clearance work on the Leh highway between Manali and Palchan to restore the normal traffic on the road, which was blocked because of recent heavy snowfall in the region three days back.

Bright sunny day in Chamba after snowfall

Bright sunny day in Chamba after snowfall

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

CHAMBA: After four days of intermittent snowfall, the high altitudes of Chamba district saw a bright sunny day today.

Enough infra available in Dharamsala, says Bali

Enough infra available in Dharamsala, says Bali

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: Minister for Transport, Technical Education and Food and Civil Supplies GS Bali today making Dharamsala the second capital was a lonh-oending demand of the people.

NON-PAYMENT OF LOAN

Bank takes possession of hotel

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

NURPUR: After procuring order under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act-2002 from the District Magistrate, Kangra, the local State Bank of Patiala branch today took physical possession of two immovable properties after failure of their owners in repaying the bank’s loans.

SMART CITY MISSION

Underground cables, water pipelines sought

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: Over 80 representatives from different organisations and associations and NGOs today made a fervent bid for an underground power cables and water pipelines and a hassle-free smart transport for its residents to make the capital city a safe city under the Smart City Mission.

Minister visits Baddi institute

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SOLAN: Mansukh L Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers, today visited the Baddi-based Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and interacted with the students and investors of the area.

Hardeep is Chamba MC member

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

CHAMBA: The state government has nominated Hardeep Singh of Chamba town as a member (government nominee) of the Municipal Council (MC) of Chamba.

Central, state governments anti-farmer, say Leftists

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: The Leftist organisations, Himachal Kisan Sabha, CITU and Kisan Khetihar Mazdoor Union, today staged a protest in front of the DC office demanding the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission for farmers and a minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month for the lowest rung.

CM pays obeisance at Baglamukhi temple

CM pays obeisance at Baglamukhi temple

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

KANGRA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today paid obeisance at the Baglamukhi temple in the Dehra sub-division of the district.

Budget under SC sub-plan doubles in 4 yrs

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: The state government has increased the budget under the Scheduled Caste sub-plan by more than 100 per cent in the past four years.

Forcibly made eunuch, man lodges police complaint

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

NURPUR: Twentytwo-year-old Jagdish (renamed as Bharti after becoming enunch), who hails from a poor Dalit family of Batala (Punjab), submitted his written complaint last evening to the Nurpur DSP demanding justice for him and strict action against the accused so that others did not fall into their trap.

Two killed, 3 hurt in road mishap

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SOLAN: Two persons were killed and three others injured when the Swift Dzire (Pb-01-A-7289) they were travelling in first rammed into a Mahindra Pick-Up (HP-12-A-8075) and then an electricity pole before overturning in a field on the Sai Road at Baddi last evening.

160-kg gold haul: Refinery raided at Nadaun

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

HAMIRPUR: Sleuths of the Income Tax Department raided the premises of a gold refinery at Nadaun, near here, last evening.

BJP questions bus stand outsourcing

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

DHARAMSALA: The BJP today raised fingers over state government’s move to lease out Chintpurni bus stand in Una district to a private company.

Kaul pays surprise visit to Nurpur hospital

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

NURPUR: Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today paid a surprise visit to the local Civil Hospital in the morning to check the attendance of doctors and their punctuality record.

Work together for people’s welfare: DC

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

HAMIRPUR: DC Madan Chauhan said officials of all government departments should collectively work for the welfare of people.

State ranked No 1 in learning outcome in basic reading, maths: Report

20 Jan 2017 | 12:21 AM

SHIMLA: Despite the fact that there is no perceptible improvement in learning levels of students in Himachal, the state has achieved the first rank in learning outcome in basic reading and mathematics across the country as per the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2016.

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SHIMLA: Governor Acharya Devvrat today sanctioned Rs 2 lakh through the Himachal Pradesh Red Cross Society for those families which were affected by the fire incident at Kashah village in Chopal tehsil of Shimla district.

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