Given the traffic congestions on 52 km-long Manali-Rohtang highway, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp Ltd (HPTDC) has decided to ply its two buses on the route from today. Plying of two buses on this route will replace at least 30 cabs and thus minimize the pollution and traffic crisis on this fragile pass.
As the thousands of domestic and international tourists were complaining of frequent traffic jams on Manali-Rohtang highway, HPTDC is trying to heal their wounds with two 35-seater luxury buses. Earlier, a 27-seater bus was plying between the two destinations but it was inadequate to handle the tourist rush. To avoid the traffic problems, buses shall start from Manali at 8 am throughout the week except for Tuesday when Rohtang remains closed for civilians.
“Tourists were demanding for more luxurious buses on this route so we are starting two luxury bus services to Rohtang from Friday. Not only luxury but tourists will enjoy a beautiful ride at very low cost,” HPTDC transport wing in-charge Raghunath Sharma said. He further added that the department was going to start bus service on Manali-Leh route from July 1.
According to HPTDC sources at Manali, both the buses have been reserved in advance. Currently, HPTDC buses are serving on Manali, Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Kalka and Dharamshala routes. To make the Manali-Leh journey adventurous and also convenient, HPTDC is installing camps at Sarchu for night stay.