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Manali-Leh highway reopened after five months

IANS  |  Manali 

Closed for over five months due to heavy snowfall, the Manali-highway was reopened to motorists on Sunday on completion of the snow-clearing operations, an said.

"Traffic between and has resumed after snow-clearing operation was over," the (BRO) told IANS here.

He said the snow was more than 20 feet high in some stretches close to the Baralacha Pass, posing a big challenge to those clearing the snow.

The work to repair the entire 475-km stretch -- which links the tourist city with in -- was also completed.

The route is crucial to the movement of the armed forces and their supplies and wares to forward areas in

The winds its way through the (13,050 feet), Baralacha Pass (16,020 feet), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 feet) and Tanglangla (17,480 feet).

The BRO maintains the strategic highways in the country.

The BRO's 'Project Deepak' is responsible for clearing snow on the 222-km Sarchu-highway while 'Project Himank' takes care of the 253-km

A Himachal Road told IANS here that it would take at least a week to restart the bus service between and Leh via and Keylong once the highway was opened to traffic.

The -- the main tourist attraction located 52 km from here -- has already been opened for tourists after snow clearance.

Only 1,200 taxi or private vehicle permits -- 800 petrol vehicles and the remaining diesel -- are issued online daily on a first-come-first-served basis to visit the

A mobile app for the issuance of permits to motorists to cross the Rohtang Pass was launched last month by

Earlier, a permit was available online on payment of Rs 550 through the district administration's website.

On every Tuesday, when the BRO repairs the Rohtang road, vehicles are not allowed to go beyond the Gulaba barrier from the Manali side.

The idyllic settings of the Himalayas draw an increasing number of backpackers, especially foreigners, for adventure activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and jungle trekking.



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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 17:52 IST