Shimla, Aug 21: About 553 students along with 61 teachers, who were stranded in Nerwa tehsil in Shimla district due to landslides, were evacuated to their respective destinations on Wednesday, Shimla deputy commissioner Amit Kashyap said. The schoolchildren were on their way back home, after participating in a district-level tournament here, when they were stuck in Nerwa as the road connecting Chopal with Nerwa was blocked at various places due to massive landslides, which were cleared for traffic on Wednesday.
"Due to restoration of Kupvi-Nerwa road(alternative route), 40 students and four teachers of Kupvi Education block would be sent to their respective destinations on Thursday," the DC said, adding that 95 per cent of damaged roads in the district have been restored and the concerned departments have been directed to restore the remaining as soon as possible. The DC visited Jubbal, Kotkhai, Rohru and Chirgaon area to examine the restoration work and directed the local administration to provide help in repairing the link roads and to tackle traffic jams to ensure smooth transportation of apples.
He said all the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) schemes will also be repaired soon and directed the forest department officials to mark and chop old trees besides clearing the fallen one. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) has been directed to deploy buses on the affected routes to provide transport facilities to local residents. The DC also visited various schools of the area to access the damages caused by rain.
Horticulture and agriculture department officials have also been directed to access the losses of orchardist and agriculturist and submit the report immediately, so that compensation would provide as early as possible to the affected people. Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Apoorv Devgan visited the surrounding area from Nerva to Kupvi and reviewed the restoration works.UNI