|Pic: Manali-Leh highway|
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Manali-Leh highway closed officially for next six months
Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Due to high possibilities of heavy snowfall, the Manali-Leh highway has been officially declared closed from November 1 till the onset of summers next year. Lahaul-Spiti administration has speed up stocking process for essential commodities for emergency use in winters when district would go cut off from rest of the country.
With declaration of BRO, the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti has officially cut off from the country. Residents have stored enough ration, fodder and woollens to face the six-month long harsh winter. About 20,000 quintal firewood has been stored in district wood depots. More than 90 percent of potatoes, the cash crop of Lahaul-Spiti, have arrived at Kullu for further transportation to several parts of the country. Remaining crop is expected to reach here within a week.
Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner Rajeev Shankar said 95% supply of ration, kerosene, fuel and other essential commodities have been stored for winters while remaining stock would arrive here soon. He said, “As long as it is safe, emergency vehicles and public buses of Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation would be plying the highway. All preparations have been made to tackle winters.”