500 tourists on Manali-Leh highway stranded

Over 500 tourists in taxis and private buses, including Army vehicles, oil tankers and trucks have been stranded on the Manali Keylong-Leh Highway on both sides of the Koksar bridge in Lahaul-Spiti district, 80 km from Manali as the two overloaded trucks damaged the bridge there on Sunday evening. The damaged bridge at Koksar across the Chandra river has hit Army’s and civil supplies of essential commodities, to the Lahaul and Leh-Ladakh region as it would take another two days to repair the bridge, revealed inputs from Koksar here.

Though the Borders Roads Organisation(BRO), which maintains the highway is repairing the bridge, but only three to four workmen are engaged in the work and it would take another two to three days to restore the bridge to traffic, the sources revealed.

Though the HRTC has started transshipment of passengers coming from the Manali side and Leh-Keylong side, but over 50 taxis and 50 private vehicles carrying 500 tourists have been got stranded on the highway for the past two days.

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