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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