Landslide blocks Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway

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Shimla: A massive landslide near Shoghi around 15 km from Shimla blocked the Chandigarh-Shimla National Highway on Saturday. Hudreds of commuters were left stranded and many cars and trucks were seen standing in long queues.

The Highway remained blocked for nearly 15 hours after which it was opened for traffic at around 7 Pm. Although traffic was diverted through bypass, it failed to clear the jam on both sides of the Highwayon both sides of the landslide point.

A senior police official said that men and machinery from Public Works Department was pressed into service but the huge boulders were causing hurdles as they required blasting to clear the road. Sources said that two unsuccessful blasting were made to break the boulders.