Care for a drive on this Himachal road

Much has been written about this road which Hill Post also labelled as Himachal Pradesh’s worst road, but to get a feel like what the road turns into after a heavy bout of rain or snow, you need to get behind the wheel and try out your driving skills out there.

Theog-Hatkoti-Road   (Photo Courtesy - The News Himachal
Theog-Hatkoti-Road (Photo Courtesy – The News Himachal

These pictures describe the ground condition on the Theog-Kothkai-Jubbal-Hathkoti-Rohru road in Himachal. For a population of about 2 lakh people, this road in the main road connecting a rich apple growing belt with the state capital Shimla.

Theog-Hatkoti-Road   (Photo Courtesy - The News Himachal
Theog-Hatkoti-Road (Photo Courtesy – The News Himachal

The funding  for the road is being provided for by World Bank and even after terminating an international contract and several delays in executing the project the drive on the road has not got any better.

As chance would have it, before the winter set in chief minister Virbhadra Singh, one evening was forced to take a bumpy road ride on this road as the helicopter flight could not take off on a return journey from Rohru because of bad weather that day. He got a taste of what the common man faces everyday.

Despite global bidding and international consultants overseeing the contract, and politicians making noise about early completion, this road has gone from bad to worse since 2008.

In less than a 7 years time frame, China had constructed a railway track to Lhasa, India fails to straighten out a 90 Km road

For more: The News Himachal

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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