Himachal Pradesh government imposed a night curfew in the state from 10 pm to 5 am on Wednesday. Steps have been taken to check the spread of Covid-19. All indoor sports complexes and cinema halls are closed in the state. Only 50 percent attendance at gatherings in marriage and banquet halls is allowed as per a spokesperson.
The decisions were taken during a Cabinet meeting which was led by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. The imposition of night curfew was decided from 10 pm to 5 am across the state apart from the decision of closing indoor sports complexes, cinema halls, multiplexes, stadiums, swimming pools, gyms, and langars. The decision also implements the action to only allow 50 percent of attendance at all types of indoor gatherings.
COVID CASES UPDATE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
Himachal Pradesh, like any other state, has recently been witnessing an increase in Covid-19 cases. According to official figures, It recorded 374 cases on Wednesday, 260 on Tuesday, 137 on Monday, and 76 on Sunday. Health officials reported that the active cases took a stride to 1,216 on Wednesday from 859 the previous day.
Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh obstructs 300 roads
What’s happening in Manali?
This is the time of winter’s heaviest snowfall in Himachal Pradesh. On Wednesday the snowfall was from 1ft to 4ft. The power supply was distorted and people on Wednesday had to stay in the heavy snowfall happening in the state. Also, due to this, 300 roads were blocked. The south portal of the Atal tunnel near Manali received
Nearly 4ft of snow was experienced at the south portal of the Atal tunnel near Manali. Pangi in Chamba and Dodra-Kwar got nearly 2ft. Parts of Lahaul, including Koksar, Sissu, and Darcha experience more than 1 ft of snowfall.
In Lahaul-Spiti, two national highways were blocked making the district inaccessible. Roads at Kharapathar, Narkanda, and Khidki areas of Shimla were also snowed out, as were upper parts of Mandi and Chamba district. Kinnaur received a little less than 1ft of snow that took a toll on traffic.
It has been reported that a large number of vehicles are stranded in different parts of the state and are yet to be retrieved. And the snow’s effect is pretty evident in a state like Himachal Pradesh.
The snow snapped power lines in remote areas, including Spiti valley. Water pipes got frozen in the upper reaches. Covid vaccinators trekked their way crossing several km of knee-deep snow to vaccinate students eligible for shots.
Driving to upper Shimla was advised against by Shimla police as the snow has made the roads extremely slippery. An advisory for tourists was issued. The Kufri to Fagu road is blocked. Police rescued 10 people stuck at Khidki in Shimla. A police officer from Chopa mentioned that nearly 40 people from Charki, Khirki, and Chambi areas were shifted to safety since Tuesday evening.
“Residents have been requested to stay indoors,” said Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner Neeraj Kumar. He also confirmed the safety of tourists in the district.
In Manali, many tourists reportedly tried to defy the traffic advisory and drove towards Solang, but got stuck midway in the snow and had to hire local cabs to get back to their hotels.