MANALI: Border Roads Organization (BRO) has decided to keep strategically important Manali-Leh highway open till November 30 this year. Formerly the highway used to be closed officially after October 31 every year.
In view of safety of travellers in winters when heavy snowfall blocks the major part of Manali-Leh highway, BRO declares this 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 extra month to stay connected with rest of the country before cutting off completely for next 5 months.
BRO commander AK Dixit said organization owns heavy duty snow cutters which have capability to cut several feet snow at unbelievable speed, adding, “There are strong possibilities of good snowfall this year. Temperature at Rohtang pass is quite low. But we shall keep the highway out of snow till November 30 after which the road will be declared unsafe for human movement.”