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3128Rohtang Pass to re-open by April 10

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  • Rajesh Chandwani
    Mar 17, 2009
      Rohtang Pass to re-open by April 10
      MC Thakur

      Manali, March 17
      The Rohtang Pass was likely to be thrown open for vehicular traffic by April 10. It would be the earliest re-opening of the pass over the past 20 years. This was stated by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Chief Engineer (Project Deepak) IR Mathur while addressing mediapersons near Rahni Nullah on the Manali-Rohtang road, around 42 km from here, this afternoon.

      Mathur said massive efforts were being made to open the pass and to reach the top by the first week of April. The Manali-Leh highway had now become an alternative route to the frontier areas of Leh and Ladakh, he said. The 475-km Manali-Leh highway also played a crucial role in ensuring regular Army supplies, he added.

      The work of clearing snow was going on at a fast pace. Three independent groups had been deployed for clearing the 222-km Manali-Sarchu stretch of the Manali-Leh road, he added.

      Commander, 38, BRTF, SK Doon said the team from Manali was just short of the Rohtang Pass, The second team was clearing snow between Kokhsar and the Rohtang Pass while the third team (clearing snow towards the Baralacha Pass) had reached Patseo. He said the Manali-Leh road was also likely to be thrown open for traffic by the first week of May this year.

      The early opening of the Rohtang Pass would save money for the Border Roads Organisation and the state government that had to operate helicopter service to tribal areas in Lahaul-Spiti until the road link was restored, he added.
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