After six months of snow clearing, the Border Roads Organization (BRO) on Sunday opened Manali-Leh National Highway, one of highest altitude strategic road of the world.
“Manali-Leh National Highway was cleared of snow and opened for traffic this morning as officer of Lahaul District Administration said adding that Leh to Keylong could be opened by the next 15 days as snow clearing operation is over. Last year the same road was made operation on Jun 13 by the BRO however it was early this year by two weeks.
The road was closed for seven months as the area was snowbound and BRO men worked tirelessly for three months in the freezing conditions to open the road, the official of BRO said.
The officer said, “In couple of days the civil administration would check the road and allow vehicular traffic on it.” However the unofficial report said that BRO allowed to pass around 1200 vehicles and most of motor bikes on the single lane road.
The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is over 4,000 metre (13,000 feet) and its highest elevation is 5,328 metre (17,480 ft) at Tanglang La mountain pass. It is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations.
This year Boarder Road Organizations has connected the link of 13050 ft high Rohtang Pass with tourist resort Manali and district headquarter Keylong of Lahaul Spiti district on April 11. 2016. The BRO jawans along with heavy machinery worked to clear the snow for the last 30 days and were able to establish contact as both the side of valleys were linked after the gap of four month of winter season.
The work to clear the snow from the road on war footing would benefit Indian Army on the border posts in Jammu and Kashmir and Leh beside 35 thousands population of Lahaul Spiti district which had been cut off from rest of world.