Rain Damage Losses in Shimla District Put At Rs 400 Cr
Shimla: Having weathered the worst rain storms in half a century, life was still limping back to normalcy as the administration was left counting the dead and assessing losses to private and public property.
JS Rana, District Commissioner Shimla said, the damage to the rural road network is extensive. In Chopal, Jubbal-Kotkhai, Rohru and Rampur sub-divisions the link roads have simply collapsed, he said.
“After taking stock of the ground reports, an assessment of loss to private and public property in Shimla district has been put at Rs 400 crore,” said Rana. In all 37 people have died in the district and all bodies have been excavated wherever the casualties occurred, he added.
With a vital bridge beyond Jhakri on the Shimla â€“ Kinnaur having been washed away, the authorities were attempting to open an alternate route to link up the high altitude tribal district.
Efforts are afoot to open a Rampur Jhakri bye pass road for traffic of transport goods, which will enable movement of marketing produce out of Kinnaur and essential items into the area, said Rana.
With falling cedar trees causing much loss to life and property, the Himachal High Court treating the problem as urgent, overturned an earlier ruling and permitted the administration to cut trees that had tilted dangerously or were posing a threat to life and property.[/lang_en]