Life hit in snowbound areas while Dhumal remains busy in home district

Shimla (Jan 19): Normal life in snowfall affected areas in Shimla district remained out of gear as government machinery struggled with road clearing operations in the district.


Narkanda snowfall

The entire district witnessed very heavy snowfall during the past two weeks. While DC Shimla today claimed that NH 22 was cleared of snow at Kufri and Narkanda and Theog-Kotkhai and Theog- Chopal has been restored, life remained miserable in the interior villages as link roads were still laden with massive snow.

Snow Kufri Shimla 2012

It has been no better on roads which were cleared. The drive is extremely dangerous as no mud has been put on the highway leading to skidding of vehicles resulting in serious accidents.

Two weeks of heavy snowfall has taken a toll on LPG availability and absence of health services in these areas. Reports of massive shortage of LPG has been reported from the district. With link roads closed people in the area are finding it extremely difficult to reach medical centers for treatment.

In many of the villages electricity supply has not been restored. These villages are facing black out as power supply got disrupted due to uprooting of electricity poles. Many areas are also facing shortage of water supply as water supply scheme pipes have frozen being buried in the snow.

While people in the high hills are left on their own, no minister or functionary has bothered visiting the area to take stock of situation. The step motherly treatment of the BJP government to Shimla district continues as Chief Minister Dhumal shifted his ‘darbar’ to lower areas during this period. There is hardly any minister in Shimla these days who could take stock of the situation.

It seems the only department working during such difficult times is the Himachal PR department dishing out tall claims from the state Secretariat in Shimla. Rest everyone has left the people on nature’s mercy. All this is happening when people of the district handed the entire district on platter to BJP in last elections.


While Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal remained busy with inaugurations and stone laying ceremony in his home district, life continues to be miserable for people in snow affected areas of Shimla district.

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One Response to "Life hit in snowbound areas while Dhumal remains busy in home district"

  1. Amar   January 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    ‘Marne do salon ko’ attitude of the present government is the root cause of such indifference towards the hill people. When the whole economy and survival of hill people was at stake during the rainy season of 2010 and they were running from pillar to post, a BJP MLA who runs a star hotel had said on record that the government had other priorities than their problems.  The people still not have forgotten when a hotelier  Chief Minister had ordered firing on peacefully protesting hill people killing many.
    Despite giving most of the assembly seats to the BJP by the hill people, the hatred continues. Even the congress when in power had not done any thing concrete in the interest of hill people. People have now to consider seriously  a Hill Council to watch their interest on the anology of Darjeeling in West Bengal where it is already functioning because the interests of gurkhas were being constantly neglected by those in power. Otherwise hill people will be ruined by these topiwalas, red or green.


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