High Alert in Shimla has been announced due to heavy snowfall last night. Snowfall in Shimla will continue till 15 Jan. Daily need vegetables and food items are not available. Major traffic jams on NH 22 and NH 88 and even Pathankot Chamba highway is disrupt. Snowfall in Rohru and Kangra has caused loss to Apple Plantation. In Sirmor alone 2 feet of snow has fall. People are facing Electricity and water problems in areas of Shimla, Chamba, Lahul – Spiti, Kinnaur, Sirmor, Mandi and Kangra. Even water in the supply pipes has frozen. To the worst 4 people has died of cold in Chamba. Till yesterday evening, Shimla was cut off by road to other areas.Due to all this government has announced High Alert in Shimla.
After evening bus service from Shimla starts but maximum buses can’t reach their destination due to heavy traffic jams caused because of snow on the road. Due to snowfall NH 22, NH 88 and Pathankot Chamba, Kullu – Manali National Highways are already closed. More than 217 buses of HP Government and 100 buses of private operaters are stuck in snowfall. Even rooftop of many houses has been damaged. Snowfall in Shimla continues till early morning. Temperature has gone to -3 degree Celsius. Even Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has to cancel his trip to Kullu. One mobile tower breaks down on local houses in Palampur. People living in high attitude areas have to drink water by boiling the ice. Telephone lines have been affected in the area.
Many distant areas are not having electricity, water and telecommunication services since last four days. Citizens are not being able to ask for help because of dead telephones. Areas like Jubbal, Narkanda, Rampur, Chaupal has been hit the most. Even Delhi is very cold now. Banking is also been hit because of no internet facility. Peoples are forced to walk only as there is snow everywhere on the roads. Most difficult is to face the scarcity of daily need items like milk, butter, eggs, LPG, Kerosene oil etc. Government has once again failed to clear the roads and to provide emergency facilities to city of Shimla.
Shimla is having so much of snowfall after 6 years. Restaurant and food joints are taking premium on food items from tourists. Many link roads are also closed and hence peoples are forced to sit at their home. But still Shimla is a paradise to tourists. All the hotels are full due to tourists coming to see Snowfall in Shimla. One can see many tourists saying “Happy Snowfall” to each other at the The Mall and The Ridge. That’s Shimla at Nature’s best.