BRO Aims To Open Manali-Leh April 15th .. Again

March 4, 2012

This should get interesting : Border Roads has announced that they are gunning for an April opening of the Manali-Leh highway , which would be the first time since 2004 :

“If weather remains favourable, we will successfully complete the operation by April 15 and if it does not oblige us , we have to rework on our strategy accordingly”

according to Yogesh Naya from BRO.

This is said against the backdrop of winter heavily laden with snow , even with repeated snowfalls in Leh , which is a rare thing. Avalanche alerts around the Rohtang , and from the Kashmiri end avalanches has cut army lives and the the internet connection to Leh short.

Manali , mid February.

BRO aims to fullfill this not by working from more points , but by throwing in more men and machinery at each point.Sceptics will remember the previous attempt for an April opening in 2009 , that ended with the road opening in June. Weather will be a critical factor ( the if part that will be cut by headlines ) , and the forecast promise more snow both in Leh and over Rohtang for the coming days , in keeping with last weeks weather.

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  1. its great …..

  2. Reblogged this on terrainterminate blog und kommentierte:
    season starting soon… maybe, maybe not

  3. Can’t blame them , it is after all India aaaa…..:)

  4. i have a flight from delhi to Leh on 31 march 2012 …… can i visit places inside Leh upto khardung La and Nubra VAlley …. pls guide me

  5. can i go from manali to leh via road..after 15 april 2012../?

    please suggest.


    zee news

  6. can we go to leh via manali by maruti 800?

    • I´m rubbish with cars – but one obvious comment is that Manali-Leh has been done with all types of vehicles , including rickshaws ( see the False Beards to Khardung La post ) and scooters. You probably want to check your ground clearance and see how exposed the underbelly of the car is though.

  7. can i go from manali to leh highway 22 june2012../?

    please suggest.

    • No promises , but the risk of the road still being closed this late is extremely small.

  8. Attesting to the unusually large amount of snow in Ladakh this late winter and spring:


    About 135 soldiers were buried by an avalanche on Siachan glacier a few days ago on the Pakistani side, very near Ladakh.

    The large amounts of snow in late winter and spring are great for farmers here (reliable irrigation all summer) but not good for early road openings.

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