NHAI partially opens Chandigarh-Manali National Highway (NH-5) for One-way traffic
Shimla, June 27
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has announced the partial reopening of Chandigarh-Manali National Highway No. 5, specifically the section between Mandi and Kullu, for one-way traffic movement.
The Kullu District Administration has reported that the NHAI has cleared landslides and boulders from one lane of the road, allowing it to be opened for traffic near the 6-mile and 7-mile areas as of 6:30 AM on Tuesday.
However, the one-way movement is currently only permitted for light vehicles traveling from Mandi to Kullu, while movement from Kullu to Mandi remains restricted.
The Lahaul-Spiti district administration has also announced that the Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-003) is open for all types of vehicles. Vehicle movement will be allowed from Darcha to Sarchu between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM, and from Sarchu to Darcha between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The Darcha-Shinkula Road is open for both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive vehicles from Darcha to Zaskar between 6:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Furthermore, the Pangi Killar Highway (SH-26) is open for all types of vehicles up to Udaipur. The Kaza Road (NH-505) from Gramphu to Kaza is open for both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive vehicles, while the section from Sumdo to Losar is open for all types of vehicles.
Approximately 5,000 tourist vehicles had been stranded since Monday due to numerous landslides and mudslides that occurred on the newly constructed four-lane road between Mandi and Kullu districts.
The state has reported the death of nine people and ten injuries due to rain-related accidents, including drowning in swollen rivers and incidents of falling from hills. Heavy rainfall has disrupted around two national highways and 300 roads. The state has suffered property losses worth Rs 250 crore over the past three days of monsoon.
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