Chitkul-Sangla road restored for traffic after three days

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Shimla, Jul 27
The Kinnaur district Administration today allowed the vehicular traffic on Chhitkul Sangla road
After the tragic incident of nine being killed and three injured as shooting stones fell down on the road damaging a belle bridge on the bank of Baspa, the Kinnaur district administration had stopped vehicular traffic on Chitkul Sangla road. Spokesperson of district administration informed that keeping the possible threat of more rolling stones, the road movement of commuters and tourists has been restricted.
Deputy Commissioner Kinnuar  Abid Hussain Sadiq said that Sangla-Chhitkul Road has been cleared and all the tourists who were struck at Chitkul and Rakcham have been evacuated from the area after three days of mishap.
They informed that 63 tourists and as many local people who were stranded due non vehicular movement have been evacuated  Currently Public Works Department (PWD) is keeping vigil on the condition of landslides and any further threat of boulders and shooting stones on the road.
After evacuation of the stranded, the road has been blocked again for vehicular movement, Informed a spokesperson.
He said that vehicular movement to Chitkul  (last bordering village on Indo-Sino border) and Rakcham, which are both connected by the Sangla -Chitkul road, have been kept closed by district administration since Sunday.
Besides, the Batsari bridge which was lost to the landslide on Sunday, though here vehicular traffic is stranded, but pedestrian movement continues. Adding, authorities informed that a temporary ‘belle bridge’ to connect Batsari village is located on the right bank of river which now is being used temporarily by the people. Efforts would be made to restore the damaged bridge soon to facilitate the vehicular traffic also, he added.

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