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.
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.