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The highway, National Highway No 21, is in a state of utter neglect in Shimla area despite the arrival of summer tourist season. Though, the local municipal council has made efforts to maintain the streets, lanes and by-lanes in the town but it is main highway that connects Manali with the outside world by road which is in a pathetic condition.
The local bypass road, which includes a 20 kms stretch from Ibex Chowk right up to Patlikuhal village is in a dilapidated condition with the public works authorities not having made any preparation to repair it. This road stretch has developed pits and large potholes on the road which has been causing great hardships to daily commuters and tourist is particular, who drive into Manali for a comfortable outing.
The road stretch is crying for immediate repair and a fresh coat of bitumen as only heavy dust greets tourists before one gets to Manali in the belief that one would be spending a well earned holiday in the serene environs of the valley. Local authorities must pay attention to the poor condition of roads at this world renowned tourist destination so that tourists are not put to inconvenience.