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Morni, around 150 villages cut off after landslide

Near Morni in Panchkula on Tuesday.  Near Morni in Panchkula on Tuesday.
Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: August 6, 2014 5:38 am

Haryana’s tourist spot Morni and about 150 surrounding villages were cut off when a 50-foot stretch of the road from Panchkula was wiped out in a landslide on Tuesday morning.

The incident was caused by incessant rain near Thana village, about 15 kilometre from Panchkula. Two Public Works Department officials who were working at the spot had a narrow escape.

The landslide created a 700-foot crater, making all road traffic impossible.

As PWD workers tried to repair the breach from one end to make a path for pedestrians, the earth on the other side gave in.

“The repair work is going on, and we will only be able to say anything by Wednesday evening. We hope that some way is created for the pedestrians,” said Paramjeet Singh, in charge of the Morni police post.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner S S Phulia, who visited the spot, said, “It will take around 20 days to repair the road. We are trying if we could make alternative arrangements.”

Phulia said they would try to restore bus service by another route. However, sources said that the alternative road connecting Morni from Raipur Rani could only be used by pedestrians. It was not in good condition, and also prone to landslides, added sources.

The spot where the landslide occurred was already under repair after a landslide last month. Since Tuesday’s landslide has disrupted the link, it will also impact the daily life of the villagers who will find it difficult to go on work, and children won’t be able to go to schools.

Visitors to Morni will also have to look for another spot to spend their weekend until the road is rebuilt.

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