Mandi-Kullu highway through Kataula too slender, widening sought : The Tribune India

Dipender Manta

Tribune Information Service

Mandi, October 11

The Mandi-Kullu highway through Kataula that connects the Chandigarh-Manali freeway at Bajaura in Kullu is slender and steep, making driving powerful. The 51-km highway requires widening to make sure easy movement of visitors.

The route is utilized by the Mandi administration instead observe in the direction of Kullu from the Mandi aspect when the Chandigarh-Manali freeway is blocked within the wake of landslides. Fourlaning work is happening of the freeway for the previous few years. As a result of deep chopping on the hillside from Mandi as much as Aut the freeway has develop into liable to landslides, particularly throughout wet season.

Residents of Mandi and Kullu districts have been demanding widening of the Mandi-Kullu highway through Kataula for the previous a number of years however nothing has been achieved. The 28-km stretch from Mandi to Tihri through Kataula was widened just a few years in the past however the 23-km distance from Tihri forward in the direction of Bajaura remains to be single lane. Hoteliers of Kullu-Manali have urged the state authorities to widen the highway as it’s an alternate passage for the motion of vacationer autos. Because the highway is just too slender it’s unable to deal with the vacationer rush. Being too slender, it isn’t appropriate for motion of Volvo buses, the hoteliers said.

Anup Thakur, president of the Hoteliers Affiliation, Kullu-Manali, stated: “The Chandigarh-Manali freeway fourlaning work is happening for the previous couple of years, which is able to take a while to be accomplished. As such, the freeway is in unhealthy situation. There’s a must widen the Mandi-Kullu highway for easy visitors motion in order that it may be used sooner or later additionally.”

The XEN, Mandi PWD, stated: “The division has urged the state authorities to convey the Mandi-Kullu highway beneath the Central Highway Fund Scheme. The division has already ready its DPR. The upkeep works is underway on this highway and a young of Rs 14 crore has been awarded to a contractor for the subsequent 5 years for the upkeep of highway frequently.”

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