Manali-Leh road work in progress

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.

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2 thoughts on “Manali-Leh road work in progress

  1. Hi Vistet~!
    This one was a very useful peiece of information that you wrote about.However,as mentioned in your post,Manali-Leh was supposed to beopened on 20th April,it’s almost 25th April today,and haven’t yet heard of it’s opening.So,was just wondering,if you have any recent news of Manali-Leh road or not; Or,did the BRO people couldn’t keep up with their scheduled dates due to bad weather or something;
    Any further updates will be welcome.

  2. I think the political interpretation of “last week ” in April would be any point in time until the 30th. Cheap shots aside , the opening of the Srinagar-Leh road has probably stirred some bad blood between the BRO and their superiors : this time they´ll probably be less amenable to pressures of an early opening.

    And yes , all this is very vague : I´d love to say that I had a “deep throat ” source in the BRO , or a spiffy webcam trained on the Baralacha La : all I´m doing is reading the newspapers , and listening to a few people I´ve learned to trust.

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