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Fact Check: 2022 Image Of Heavy Traffic Jam In Manali Viral As Recent

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An image showing a severe traffic jam is being widely circulated on social media, claiming that it is the recent picture of the heavy traffic in Manali.

The viral post reads: “न्यू ईयर पर मनाली की तरफ जाती हुई गाड़ियों का एरियल व्यू।।” (English translation: Aerial view of vehicles going towards Manali on New Year.)

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found the image to be old.

Searching with relevant keywords, the NM team traced a TOI report, dated December 26, 2022, showing severe traffic jam on the Manali highway after thousands of tourists flocked to the major tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The report also mentioned that record-breaking traffic movement was observed at the Atal Tunnel, with 28,210 vehicles passing through in the last 24 hours.

Putting the viral picture through a Reverse Image Search, we found the same image uploaded by an Instagram user Yash Handa, dated January 27, 2022, geotagging Manali. He also mentioned that the picture was clicked by him on January 2, 2022.

On searching further, we found a similar picture taken from a different angle on his profile on January 29, 2022.

Hence, it is clear that the viral picture is old.

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