SHIMLA: Massive mudslides hit the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway between Parwanoo and Solan towns in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday owing to heavy overnight rains, that led to traffic snarls and posed a serious threat to motorists.
The movement of traffic was hampered almost throughout the day due to massive landslides along the highway in Solan district.
Motorists - Landslips - Stretch - Parwanoo - Kumarhatti
Motorists said the maximum landslips were on a 30-km stretch between Parwanoo and Kumarhatti, where over 20 km was either damaged or piled with boulders and muck.
They said the falling debris threatens their safety while travelling through this stretch that has been excavated recently for highway widening.
Agency - National - Highways - Authority - India
The executing agency - National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) - for the project which aims to cut the travel time between Chandigarh and Himachal capital Shimla by shortening the distance by 17 kms -- cleared the road from of boulders and mud.
The entire stretch from Parwanoo to Solan towns has become a permanent landslide zone particularly Chakki ka Mor. The risk of driving is aggravated after dusk, said motorist Deepak Nayyar.
Incidents - Landslips - Rocks - Vehicles - Strata
He said there were frequent incidents of landslips and falling rocks hitting moving vehicles owing to fragile and loose strata with vertical cutting of the hills for the expansion of the highway.
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