It has been a great news from the Trans Himalayas to the people of Lahaul Valley, Leh and other adventure lovers looking forward to undertake Manali-Leh Highway journey in winter months. BRO has announced that they will extend the maintenance and support days by a month starting this year to keep the Manali-Leh Highway operation till the end of November. Earlier BRO used to declare Rohtang Pass and there by Manali-Leh Highway officially closed after 31st October but now they have decided to keep it open for another month i.e. upto 30th November.
Manali-Leh Highway close down due to heavy snowfall at Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La Pass and other passes on the route and it becomes difficult to remove snow from the roads that do not melt away. However, this year BRO is ready with the challenge to keep the roads clear of snow even in winter months. This would mean that people especially of Lahaul Valley and Leh-Ladakh. Locales from Lahaul Valley will be connected for an extra month and on the other hand it will provide more time for all relevant day to day supplies including fuel, ration etc to reach Leh-Ladakh as well. I see that, Spiti Valley is also mentioned but I seriously doubt because Kunzum Pass connection Manali-Kaza will close and it is not maintained by BRO rather lame the HP-PWD, which will not maintain or rather not equipped to maintain it in winter months. Of course, the adventure lovers who want to take on the extreme cold conditions head on, can now plan some extreme adventure rides starting this winters. But, I must request you to read about the risks for traveling on Manali-Leh Highway late in the season as mentioned in one of the previous articles linked here.
All thanks to BRO for their Hat’s off stuff and spirit…
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MANALI: The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has decided to keep the strategically-important Manali-Leh highway open till November 30 this year. Earlier, the highway used to be closed officially after October 31 every year.
In view of the safety of travelers in winters, when heavy snowfall blocks a major part of Manali-Leh highway, BRO used to declare the road unsuitable for vehicles. Once snow blocks highway after October 31, they are not liable to clear the snow. The organization this year has made arrangements to withstand snowfall to keep the road operational at any cost. Residents of Lahaul-Spiti shall get one month extra to stay connected with rest of the country, before getting cut off completely for the next five months.
BRO commander A K Dixit said the organization owns heavy duty snow cutters which have capability to cut several feet snow at unbelievable speed. "There are strong possibilities of good snowfall this year. The temperature at Rohtang pass is quite low, but we shall keep the highway cleared of snow till November 30 after which the road will be declared unsafe for human movement."
External Source: Manali-Leh highway to be open till Nov 30