Rescue posts to monitor pedestrians on Rohtang pass
MANALI: Rescue posts consisting medical staff, rescue experts,
police and wireless operators will monitor the movement of pedestrians across
Rohtang pass from today.
As the risk of very
heavy snowfall has increased with regular dip in temperature and traffic on
Manali-Rohtang-Keylong road may come to a halt anytime, Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), Manali, has set up its
two rescue posts in either side of Rohtang on Friday which are functional from
Saturday.
Rescue posts set up on Rohtang pass
Saying that it
is advised to everybody not to cross Rohtang without getting registered in both
the posts at Marhi (Kullu) and Koksar (Lahaul) before and after crossing the
pass, ABVIMAS director Randhir Singh Salhuria said that purpose of setting up
the posts is to monitor movement of pedestrians who cross Rohtang pass to go to
Kullu or Lahaul valley. “Each post will consist of 10 members,” he said.
Earlier, Rohtang
used to declare officially closed for vehicular traffic on November 15, but the
pass was not declared closed officially so far. Lahaul-Spiti deputy
commissioner Beer Singh Thakur said administration will not declare the pass
officially closed until Border Road Organization does so. “If weather turns
hostile and passing through the pass will be unsafe, we will issue a public
advisory not to go towards Rohtang pass. However, crossing pass is necessity of
local people and we shall keep a watch over the weather conditions,” he said.
Gopal Sharma,
regional manager of Himachal Road Transport Corporation, said one bus will be
plying the Kullu-Keylong road until heavy snowfall blocks the highway. “We have
planned to run two buses – one from Kullu and one from Keylong – every morning
which will transfer their passengers at Rohtang pass. This is to ensure the
safety of passengers even if sudden snowfall occurs.”
(with inputs from Discover Leh Ladakh)

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