Despite the arduous challenge of clearing the heavy snow, going up to five feet, on the Manali-Rohtang Road, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is once again geared up to reopen the road to traffic.
The heavy snowfall over the past two days had blocked the 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, the only gateway to Lahaul-Spiti district from Manali, stalling traffic movement completely and cutting off the district from the rest of the world.
Talking to HT, BRO commander KP Rajendra said, “The BRO workforce and machinery has been deployed to clear snow from Manali towards Marhi, while the road clearing work on the Lahaul, between Satingri and Koksar, will begin on Saturday.”
“Weather permitting, we would be able to clear the road towards Rohtang Pass from both Lahaul and Manali side and open it for traffic movement in the next few days,” he added.
BRO’s decision has brought relief to residents of the tribal Lahaul-Spiti district, which remains cut off for five months every winter. In emergency situations, the state government provides air services to move residents in and out of the district.