Kiosks shut, Manali villagers stall visitors on tunnel route | Shimla Information


MANALI: A whole lot of villagers from higher Manali blocked the Atal Tunnel freeway at Solang on Thursday to oppose the brand new orders that ban not solely business actions past that time but in addition their automobiles on the route.
They claimed that for lengthy the cops had harassed the native roadside staff of the snow level between Solang and the Atal Tunnel within the identify of guidelines and security. Girls fashioned a big a part of this protest that created a 4-kilometre logjam of vacationer automobiles for two.5 hours.
Police didn’t pacify the protesters, who had come from Solang, Palchan, Ruar, Kulang, Burua, Shanag, and the close by villages.
Citing administrative orders, protester Amar Thakur stated: “Police cease us from working within the space. If the folks of Lahaul can work of their district past the Atal tunnel, why can’t we work in our space earlier than the tunnel? The pandemic brought about us a yr of financial hardship and now when vacationers have began coming, the cops don’t allow us to work. The Rohtang and Gulaba had been closed for vacationers earlier than time. All vacationers go to Lahaul. Solang to Atal tunnel is the one stretch the place we are able to earn our livelihood. We’re okay with regulation however permit us to work.”
Many locals, ladies particularly, run small companies alongside the Solang-Atal tunnel freeway. They promote tea and Maggie noodles or hire out skis and tube slides. The Manali administration shut their roadside companies to keep away from logjams within the avalanche-prone stretch between Solang and the Atal tunnel. They shut all retailers and stalls in that space and declared it a towaway zone.
However when confronted on Thursday, the Manali subdivisional Justice of the Peace (SDM) denied issuing these orders. He went to the spot however the villagers didn’t let the visitors go. Lastly, cupboard minister Govind Singh Thakur needed to guarantee the villagers that they had been free to work.



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