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Landslide hits traffic movement in Shimla

Circular Road partially opened, PWD minister visits site | PWD directed to inspect unsafe locations

Landslide hits traffic  movement in Shimla

Workers clearing the debris at the landslide-hit site in Shimla on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: LALIT KUMAR



Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 9

Traffic movement on Circular Road in the state capital was affected due to a landslide at the site of an under-construction parking lot near Deen Dayal Upadhyay Zonal Hospital, officials said here today.

The incident occurred on Monday night when a portion of the road sank due to rain, causing inconvenience to commuters. No loss of life was reported.

Swinging into action, the district administration and Shimla police restored the traffic movement on one side and covered the sinking portion with tarpaulin sheets to prevent further slide.

As a precautionary measure, the power supply to an electric pole at the site was cut off. As a water supply pipe also runs along the road, instructions have been issued to the Jal Shakti Department to ensure its safety.

Shimla Deputy Commissioner Anupam Kashyap who took stock of the situation, along with senior officials of the district administration, said the Superintending Engineer of the Public Works Department (HPPWD) was instructed to start restoration work at the site early morning to ensure that people did not face inconvenience.

He assured that traffic movement would remain smooth on the affected stretch. The DC also appealed to people to remain vigilant during the monsoon season and immediately report such incidents to the administration.

Shimla Municipal Corporation Commissioner Bhupinder Attri also visited the spot along with MC officials.

He said a project was being constructed here at a cost of Rs 6.75 crore under the Smart City Mission.

Under the project, a parking lot would come up at the site and several shopkeepers would be rehabilitated, he said.

The MC Commissioner said due to the heavy rainfall, a portion of Circular Road sank. He said the restoration work was on and the road would be repaired within a week.

After inspecting the landslide-hit site, Public Works and Urban Development Minister Vikramaditya Singh instructed officials to complete the work in the shortest possible time.

He also instructed the DC to ensure that the administration was fully prepared for the monsoon season and work as a team to provide all possible assistance to the people.

He stated that the PWD had been directed to inspect unsafe locations in the state and make concrete safety arrangements.

The minister also inspected the ongoing construction work at the IGMC.

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