Rs. 332 cr loss to roads in Himachal due to rains: Gulab Singh

Shimla: The PWD minister, Thakur Gulab Singh said today heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh this season have damaged roads and bridges that may require at least Rs.332 crore for repairs. damage

He said road connectivity is being restored on a priority, especially in apple-growing areas where the crop is waiting to be shifted to markets.

‘The inclement rains have resulted in heavy damage to the roads and bridges in the state and the government has released Rs.10 crore to the PWD for restoration work,’ he said.

He said 137 dozers, 99 JCBs and 144 private JCBs have been pressed into service in different parts of the state. He assured the that roads would be restored within next two days to facilitate the fruit growers.

In Shimla district alone 21 dozers and 26 JCBs of the department besides 63 JCBs has been hired from private parties and pressed into service, he added.[rss-cut]

Thakur said the far-flung Dodra-Kwar area would be re-opened for jeeps within next two days and similarly jeep able road have been made operational as an alternative road for Ghanvi in Shimla district so that apple growers could transport their produce to the market.

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