Rohtang Pass cleared for vehicular traffic

  • Dipender Manta, Hindustan Times, Kullu
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 19:42 IST

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) members on Sunday cleared the Rohtang Pass, which was closed for vehicular traffic for the past one week due to heavy snowfall in the region on December 13.

BRO commander Rajender Singh told Hindustan Times, "On Sunday morning, we successfully opened the Rohtang Pass, which connects the tribal Lahaul and Spiti with Kullu district. It was covered with more than five feet snow." He added that the vehicles stranded near Marhi and Gulaba were moved to safer areas.

Manali sub divisional magistrate Vinay Dheeman said no vehicles were allowed ahead of Kothi area on the Manali-Rohtang Pass road because of the safety reasons.

Meanwhile, life in Kullu is limping back to normal as the power supply was restored in sub-urban areas of Kullu on Friday evening after a gap of one week. The electricity wires were damaged badly with the first snowfall of the season.

Kullu electricity department superintending engineer Pravesh Thakur said that 95% power supply had been restored on Saturday, while the remaining work would be completed in a day or two.

Meanwhile, Kullu-Manali hoteliers feel elated with the restoration of power supply, which had earlier turned down the arrival of tourists in the district. Kullu-Manali hoteliers' association president Anup Thakur said with the restoration of electricity life was getting back to normal.

Kullu executive deputy commissioner Vinay Singh Thakur said, "Now situation is normal in Kullu and tourists are advised to refrain from visiting avalanche prone areas."

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