Reports suggests that over 2,000 tourists are left behind in bone-chilling cold between Marhi and Chodah-Mor below Rohtang pass after a landslide blocked the highway at Chodah-Mor on Friday evening.Reports say that a total of 1,115 tourist vehicles (taxis and private cars) consisting of some 4,000 tourists on board left Manali for Marhi, on Friday morning.
As Rohtang pass has still not opened, tourists have only got the permission to go till Marhi, just below Rohtang. Some vehicles returned to Manali, but others got stranded after rain and snowfall lead to a massive landslide on Friday.
The snow in the particular spot is melting fast and the water flowing down the hillsides is causing many landslides here. Tonnes of debris is sliding down the hill on the highway. The landslide has also damaged a stretch of the road.According to sources, nearly 2,000 tourists in over 500 vehicles got stuck by 8pm. As all Border Roads Organisation (BRO) machines are engaged in snow clearance beyond Rohtang pass, the local administration is involved in arranging an earth mover machine to get the highway cleared as soon as possible.
Even the PWD could not get hold of a JCB machine. The officials had to ask help from Gawar Construction Ltd, a firm that is building Kullu-Manali double lane highway, to send their JCB to the spot.For the tourists, who had hired local taxis, meanwhile took the decision to start climb down to Gulaba on foot notwithstanding the chilling weather. But most of them had no choice other than sitting back in their vehicles as no other vehicle was available to return to Manali.
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