Manali-Leh Road to be thrown open to tourists earlier than usual

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The 425-km Manali-Leh highway will be thrown open for tourists soon. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) had cleared the snow and opened it for the one-way movement of vehicles on March 26. Army vehicles are using the road at present.

According to a news report , the road will be restored to both-way traffic within a week. The Manali-Leh route generally doesnot open before May, but this time round due to early summer, the road has been cleared about a month earlier tahn usual.

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The 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) Commander, Colonel Shabarish Vachali, says that the work is underway to improve the condition of the road. The impediments noticed for smooth movement of vehicles will be removed.

Lahaul-Spiti Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said those travellers on the Leh route should not be in a hurry to move ahead. The vehicles would be allowed to move only if the conditions were right.

The locals associated with hospitality and tourism industry believe the Rohtang Pass is a major attraction among the tourists and the work to throw it open for tourists should be expedited. The road to Rohtang should be restored before snow melts and the Pass loses its charm.

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With the opening of the Atal tunnel in October 2020, tourists have easy access to the Lahaul valley.