Manali-Leh Opening Tomorrow (?)May 24, 2011
No confirmation from Leh yet , but news today speaks of Manali-Leh opening tomorrow , quoting the Deputy Commissioner in Kullu. The ride up to the Rothang might even go under five hours soon , with a number of deodars having been cut for the double laning of the road.
UPDATE : More details , from the crew clearing the Rothang : the road over the pass is still single lane only , with twenty to thirty feet of snow on the sides : first priority for the moment is widening the road , and creating parking and turn around points at Rohtang. Road open for traffic up to Marhi , i.e. around 3000 meters.
“BRO officials said tourists will be allowed to reach Rohtang only after a week as sudden surge in traffic flow could cause havoc there. ‘Tourists would be able to enjoy the stunning views of Rohtang soon”
UPDATE , MAY 25th : Single lane now cleared up to Keylong, barrier erected at Kothi to bar heavy traffic , manned by police and Home Guard , waiting for the road to open.
UPDATE, MAY 26th :
“The snow-clearing operation is over and road connectivity with the Lahaul Valley has been restored”
A K Dikshit , GREF officer in charge.
Connectivity means state buses , for now :
“..the road is still slippery. Till May 31, only a few public transport buses will be allowed to ply between Manali and Keylong”
BRO aims for an opening of the entire Manali-Leh road by first week in June. Official Lahul site still shows Manali-Keylong and Manali-Kaza roads closed.