The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is now engaged in clearing snow and reopening the 474-km-long Manali-Leh highway— one of the highest roads in the world.
The highway, which runs north of Manali has now been opened to vehicular traffic up to Gulaba about 23 km from here.
According to Lt-Colonel Jaswant Sinha, OC, 70 RCC, Border Roads Organisation, efforts are being made to open the Rohtang pass, gateway to tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti by the last week of April this year.
He said the snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway this year began on February 18. At present the snow clearing equipment has reached the Beas nullah, the 32-km point of the Manali-Leh highway.
He stated that snow clearance was fast this year as three independent teams were deployed for opening the 222- km Manali- Sarchu section of the Manali-Leh road with the help of snow cutter, as well as other modern machines.
The team from Manali is just short of Marhi, while the second team is clearing snow near Khoksar. The third team is moving towards the 4,883-meter high Baralacha Pass.