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Date: 14 January 2019

Devotees take Dip in Himachal Rivers on Makar Sankranti and Other News

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Devotees take Dip in Himachal Rivers on Makar Sankranti 2019

Cold Wave Conditions Intensify Across Himachal

Month-long Maroj Festival kicked off in Jaunsar Bawar on Sunday, 13 January 2019

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Heavy Snow Cuts off 24 Villages in Uttarkashi

Devotees take Dip in Himachal Rivers on Makar Sankranti

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Bracing the extreme winter chill, hundreds of devotees across Himachal Pradesh on Monday, 14 January 2019 took dips in rivers to mark Makar Sankranti, a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of the country.

Large numbers of devotees were seen congregating at Tattapani and Manikaran, home to a sikh shrine in Kullu district, for dips in the Satluj and Parvati rivers respectively. Tattapani and Manikaran are known for their hot springs with high sulphur concentration.

The natural hot springs located along the Satluj in Tattapani disappeared after the construction of the 800 MW Koldam hydroelectric power project executed by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

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Cold Wave Conditions Intensify Across Himachal

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Cold Wave Conditions intensified across Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, 13 January 2019 with the capital city and many areas of Upper and lower hills in the state receiving fresh bouts of snow.

Popular tourist destinations Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie received spell of overnight snowfall on Saturday, which snapped internal road links in some areas of Himachal Pradesh but tourists made merry by hurling snowballs at one another. Tourist spots near Shimla, such as Kufri, Chail, Narkanda and Fagu also experienced mild snowfall, making the hill stations even more picturesque.

Dalhousie in the Chamba district saw the state’s highest snow of 30 cm. The plains and low hills of the state experienced rainfall, an official of MET department said. Following the snowfall, hoteliers cheered in the hope that more tourist will come in large numbers in the coming days even as the MET Office forecast dry weather from Monday, 14 January 2019.

Shimla has gotten 3.5 cm snowfalls so far cutting down the base temperature to 0.2 degree Celsius. Manali in Kullu region got 23 cm snowall and Kufri in Shimla district 8 cm snowfall, Chail and Saluni saw 2.5 cm snowfall each, said the Met authority.

Tribal district Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong got 9 cm snowfall while another tribal district Kinnaur's Kalpa gotten 8 cm snowfall. As per the Met Department, Keylong kept on being the coldest place in the state with a low of less 11 degrees Celsius, though the base temperature in Kalpa was minus 4.8 degrees Celsius. The base temperature in Kufri was minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, Dalhousie less 1.7 degrees Celsius and it was less 1.6 degrees Celsius in Manali.



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Month-long Maroj Festival kicked off in Jaunsar Bawar on Sunday, 13 January 2019

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Month-long festivities kicked off in the Jaunsar-Bawar, Jaunpur and Rawai region of Uttarakhand with people celebrating the arrival of Maroj Festival on Sunday, 13 January 2019. The festivities begin with families sacrificing goats followed by traditional dance and songs around a bonfire.

A major tradition is preparation and consumption of traditional drinks known as “ghani” and “pakhli” which are made from local grains. Surat Singh Kharkai, who has been promoting the culture of Jaunpur and Jaunsar informs that the resident of Jaunsar-Banwar, Jaunpur and Rawai believe themselves to be descendants of the Pandavas and that this festival is linked to the Mahabharata.

Kharkai explaining the Mahabharata connection said that when Dushasana had tried to disrobe Draupadi, she had pledged that she would not tie her hair till she had washed it with Dushasana’s blood. The sacrifice of the goat is symbolic of the slaying of Dushasana. On this day, women fast and keep their hair unbraided till the sacrifice is done explained Kharkai.

Many residents who are away in the plains return to their native villages to celebrate the much awaited festival. To beat the cold, we consume country made liquor and muton said Harshmani, a resident of village near Nainbagh.



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GMVN to Operate Uttarkashi Guest Houses on PPP Mode

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Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) has decided to operate its guest houses, tourist information centres and other properties in PPP i.e. Public Private Partnership mode in Uttarkashi District. According to officials, selected properties of GMVN will be given on a 5 year lease to entrepreneurs, after the tender process.

This will not only boost the local economy but will also cover the losses which GMVN is facing. Dhirendra Singh Rana, Regional director of GMVN said that they have decided to operate their guest houses in Har-Ki-Doon, Taluka, Barkot, Asnol, Bhojwasa, Gaadh, Raithal, Siyanachatti and Purola and tourist information centres Ranachatti, Ginoti and Kuwan in PPP mode.

GMVN has rented two of its guest houses built in Osla and Sankari villages which lie on the Har-Ki-Doon trek route till now. He added that tenders for the remaining properties will be floated on January 30. Meanwhile, trekking associations and hotel owners applauded the move but added that priority should be given to locals in the tender process.

Shailendra Matuda, president of the hotel association in Uttarkashi said that it is good that steps are being taken to boost GMVN properties. However, the nigam should also give priority to local entrepreneurs in the tender process so that residents are benefited.



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Heavy Snow Cuts off 24 Villages in Uttarkashi

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Following a spell of heavy snowfall in upper Himalayas, over two dozen villages in Purola, Naugaun, Mori and Bhatwari blocks in Uttarkashi district were cut off from district headquarters on Sunday, 13 January 2019.

The fresh spell of snow also left the Yamunotri and Gangotri highways blocked for a few hours early Sunday morning but teams of BRO (Border Roads Organization) were quick to clear the stretch and resume traffic movement. Supply of essential services has been badly disrupted which is stressing the villagers.

Sources said that pipelines in around 12 villages have frozen. There is no electricity supply either. It is similar situation in Panwadi, Osla, Dhatmeer, Liwadi, Gangad, Fitadi, Hatwadi, Sawdi, Bari, Makudi, Kiranu and other villages. Pawan Uniyal , a resident of Kharsali village said that Life has been thrown out of gear in villages in Yamuna valley, including Phulchatti, Kharsali, Pindki and Madesh due to heavy snowfall.

Ashish Chauhan, Uttarkashi District Magistrate elaborating steps being taken to bring the condition back to normal said that, BRO, NHAI and PWD personnel have been directed to clear snow from roads for comfortable access of vehicles.

We have also ordered district supplies department to provide advance quota of ration and food grain in the affected areas. Disaster Management department has deputed SDRF personnel with satellite phones and other gadgets to tackle emergency situations.



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