The official road marker changed within the last hour : finally open, no reservations.
The Tribune reports that the first first supplies and skor-jangspas have been sent in , and that the road should be fully open by the end of next week :
Dharamsala, May 3
Rohtang Pass will be cleared of snow by tomorrow evening. However, the normal traffic will be allowed by Thursday next week.
Naresh Mittal, superintendent engineer of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), who is in charge of the 38-BRTF at Manali, said the Keylong-Leh road had already been cleared of snow and access to the landlocked snowbound Lahaul valley from Leh had been permitted for the tourists.
However, only a small portion remained to be cut through major glaciers on way to Rohtang Pass from Manali. He said the repair work was going on the high-altitude road and emergency supply of gas, food grains and other essential commodities would be allowed from Saturday morning.”
Zoji La opened.
Source : rediff.com
Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, and other higher hills received about four inches of snowfall, while lower areas received light showers last night. Official sources said Sisu in the district had till now recorded about two feet of snowfall during the last four days.
Baralacha Pass and Lady of Keylong and other mountain peaks, Petsio and Kibber village, the highest village of the world situated at an altitude of 16,000 feet, were also experiencing snowfall in the district.
The 13,050 feet-high Rohtang Pass and Manali-Leh road continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic after receiving heavy snowfall during the last four days and Border Road Organisation (BRO) officials said the Pass would now only be opened by the first week of May.
Rohtang, June 4
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) today threw open the 465-km Manali-Leh highway for one-way movement for the civic and army traffic, linking the land-locked Lahaul valley to rest of the country after a gap of around six months.
The opening of the Rohtang pass has come as a big relief for the people of Lahaul valley. Onions and tomatoes which were sold at Rs 40 and Rs 70 per kg till yesterday now are available for Rs 15 and Rs 20, respectively, said Mr Ajey Kumar, a resident of Keylong. “The essential commodities were also in short supply as the BRO had declared May 29 as the deadline. The prices of other items have also come down as the supplies have been resumed now,” he informed.
The Commander, BRO, Mr KB Raju, who visited the spot here, said the tourist traffic going to Rohtang pass would not be allowed as it would take at least a week to make access to the parking places at the top. “But the civilians and tourists who wish to go to Keylong and Leh can go as the road is allowed for one- way traffic. As many as 25 civil and 67 Army vehicles crossed the pass yesterday,” he informed.
Raju said that the tourist traffic is being allowed till Marhi, 17 km short of Rohtang pass and 35 kms from Manali.
Snow-clearing on the Manali-Serchu highway costs around Rs 2 crore every year, informed Mr Raju. “This time, we cleared snow up to 60-70 ft here, much less than what we faced last year. We faced blizzards and avalanches, but the operation went on without a mishap. We have six snow cutters and dozers to clear the snow, he said.
Srinagar, May 17
The 435-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway will be open to a trial run of Army convoy on May 20 after which the road, the only surface link to the frontier cold desert region of Ladakh, will be opened for the summer months.
Stating this here today, Brig S.S. Dasaka, Chief Engineer of the Beacon project of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), said the Zoji la, the highest peak dividing Ladakh region from Kashmir Division, saw 40 ft of snow this winter..”
Source : The Statesman , BRO (as quoted on indiamike.com )