MANALI: With weather conditions on Rohtang pass turned hostile, two rescue posts would be installed at both sides of the pass for safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians on Tuesday.
Manali based Atal Bihari Vajpayee institute of mountaineering and allied sports (ABVIMAS), who is responsible for safe movement of travellers across Rohtang after November 15, is installing its rescue posts at Marhi (Kullu) and Koksar (Lahaul-Spiti). Now, all travellers, using the Manali-Rohtang-Lahaul-Spiti route, would have to register themselves at both the posts to ensure safe passage.
ABVIMAS deputy director Rajeev Sharma said each post would have nine persons including police, wireless operator, medical teams and rescue experts. “Posts would be installed in two phases from November 15 to December 15 and March 15 to May 15 in first and second phase respectively. Both rescue teams shall monitor movement of people and if necessary, prevent them to cross Rohtang,” he said.
Rohtang has been receiving light snowfall intermittently. Vehicular movement has already been stopped here officially. The rescue posts at both sides of the pass would control the flow of traffic and pedestrians crossing the pass. Teams would act fast in case if somebody is trapped between flurries.