Three months on, Shimla road still to see repair work start

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 20:14 hrs

Three months after a section of the road next to the Clarkes Hotel in Shimla was washed away, work to rebuild it has still not started.

When a construction company began work to build offices for lawyers here, the road caved in, threatening the 115-year-old heritage hotel.

The hotel was immediately evacuated following the incident, and shut by the Oberoi group, which maintains it.

Since the caving in, traffic has not able to ply on the key road, which leads to places like the high court parking, state secretariat, US club , Richmond and the Mall, among other important spots.

The civic authorities say it is not their responsibility but the job of the state government to repair the road.

Criticising the state public works department, Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan said the work should have been completed in July when the damage took place .

“It only takes four hours to install a bailey bridge . Important people like the chief minister, the chief justice and a host of other VIPs travel on this route and yet the road has not been repaired,” Chauhan told Business Standard.

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