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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