Saturday, 20 April 2013

Manali-Leh road cleared up to Rohtang pass

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI: 48 days after Border Roads Organization (BRO) had started its snow clearance operation to restore Manali-Rohtang highway, the jawans on Friday successfully cleared road up to Rohtang top, 50km from Manali.
Jawans of Border Roads Organization are full of enthusiasm who after receiving Civil Services Award from state government on occasions of Himachal Day are working despite inclement weather at 13,050 feet. “The top is covered with a thick sheet of 30feet snow. But snow cover is maximum towards Lahaul side where we are getting to see over 30 feet snow which is more than that of previous years,” BRO commander Colonel Yogesh Nair said.
On the other side of Rohtang, nearly 12km snow is still to be cleared to reach Rohtang top. According to organization, in last 48 days, they witnessed snowfall in maximum days which slowed down their work. It’s again snowing on Rohtang for last one week but the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway is expected to restore for traffic by the end of this month.
Meanwhile, snowfall on Rohtang is creating problems for pedestrians from snow-bound Lahaul valley. But as BRO has cleared road up to top from Manali side, pedestrians are taking sigh of relief as they need to walk only for one hour.

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