BRO begins work to clear Manali – Leh for 2017

March 21, 2017 at 9:40 am

BRO has started work to clear the snowbound Manali – Leh Highway of snow, in order to reopen it for 2017.

Thanks to heavier than usual snowfall in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, work to clear the Manali – Leh Highway of snow had been delayed by 20 days. Normally this snow clearing operation begins by 1st of March.

So far, BRO has managed to clear the road from Manali to Gulaba and from Sissu to Darcha.

In the next phase, BRO would be attempting to clear the road from Gulaba to Marhi and from Koksar to Sissu. While work to clear Baralacha La from Leh side would begin a little later on.

This year, Manali – Leh Highway s expected to open a little late, though hopefully, it should reopen by the first week of June, if the weather remains clear.

Manali – Leh Highway to open late in 2017

February 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

2017 is likely going to prove quite challenging to BRO, tasked with reopening of the crucial Manali – Leh Highway. This is due to record amount of snowfall occurring in Himachal and Ladakh, which has led to higher than normal snow accumulation on the highway.

Nevertheless, BRO (Border Roads Organization) is planning to do its best to reopen the highway, as soon as possible. In a statement issued today, BRO commander, Colonel Arvind Awasthi said, “Though it depends on weather conditions, we target to officially start the snow clearing operation from Manali-Leh highway till Sarchu from March 1.”

However, all this depends on the weather remaining favorable and due to the risks involved in clearing the highway under several feet of snow, BRO is in constant touch with Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE).

If there is high chance of avalanche or snowfall, then BRO is likely to delay its operations. Because avalanches and heavy snowfall can not only cover the already cleared road and block it, it can also lead to casualties of BRO workers and officials involved in the clearing operations.

Despite of heavy snowfall, BRO has managed to keep most of Lahaul Valley connected internally by road and is now planning to reconnect Udaipur with rest of Lahaul. For this purpose they have even flown in their personnel to Udaipur and Stingri.

Rahni Nullah, Beas Nullah, Chumbak Mor, Rakshi Dhank and the road leading to Baralacha La will prove the most challenging to BRO. And while Rohtang Pass is expected to reopen comparatively early, reopening of the highway till Leh will take longer, thanks to higher snow accumulation at Baralacha La pass.

Manali – Leh snow clearing operation begins

March 20, 2015 at 7:57 am

BRO on Thursday began their snow clearing operation on Srinagar – Leh Highway, which has been delayed by over couple of weeks this year due to heavy snowfall.

However, BRO is planning to clear the snow from this crucial highway to Ladakh by end-May and reopen the route for vehicular traffic by June 2015.

While two teams have started working from either side of Rohtang Pass to carve out a road through 30ft of snow, other teams from BRO are expected to soon start their work on clearing Baralacha La and Tanglang La, which too are buried under heavy snow.

While Rohtang Pass is expected to reopen by May and would provide much needed relief to the residents of Lahaul and Pangi Valleys, the major stumbling block for BRO would be Baralacha La, which receives heavier snowfall than Rohtang Pass and is more difficult to clear.

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Manali – Leh Highway to open late in 2015

March 12, 2015 at 9:14 am

Thanks to late and heavy snowfall in upper reaches of Himachal, reopening of Manali – Leh Highway would likely be delayed this year.

Normally BRO starts removing snow from the road to Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La by Mid-March; however with western disturbances hitting Himachal and rest of North India in March, BRO has postponed its snow clearing operations till third week of March.

Even the Lahaul and Spiti Administration has been forced to delay the deployment of rescue posts on either sides of Rohtang Pass, which are deployed each year on March 15 to ensure safety and rescue of locals crossing Rohtang Pass on foot.

Once snow clearing operations begin, they are expected to take at least couple of months to cut through 40ft of snow on Rohtang and Baralacha La. So in all likelihood, Manali – Leh Highway wouldn’t reopen before third week of May this year.

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2013 closing date of Rohtang Jot

November 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Himachal Government has announced today, that they will be closing Rohtang Jot on the 15th of November, 2013.

With the official closure of Rohtang Jot, buses will stop plying between Manali and Lahaul Valley and only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross Rohtang Jot. Though several local taxis will continue to sneak past check posts, and will keep plying till road is eventually buried under snow.

For those planning to head to Ladakh by road, you will now have to depend on Srinagar – Leh Highway, which too is expected to be closed towards the end of this month.

Manali – Leh Highway will remain closed till middle of May next year and only way to reach Ladakh in winter would be through flight to Leh.