Road to Bhrigu to reduce ecological destruction of Rohtang pass
MANALI: Being a political stage for years and having endured
tonnes of polluted carbon in recent years on the cost of precious glaciers,
flora and fauna, the Rohtang pass has got its substitute as Bhrigu which is
likely to connect with Manali by road soon.
Bhrigu Lake in Manali
Bhrigu lake at an
altitude of 14,100 feet can be a better option for tourism industry of the
state where tourists can find snow round the year. Bhrigu is around 1,000 feet
higher than Rohtang pass and also close to Manali. The proposed road which
government has accorded its approval would be constructed from Kothi, 14km from
Manali. Although Bhrigu is accessible from both Kothi and Vashisht side, but
the road was feasible only from Kothi side. A small and temporary road has
already built till midway by forest department and the plan is to reconstruct
the same.
 
Three to six
thousand vehicles and over 25 thousand tourists visit Rohtang pass every day in
summers and help in destruction of the ecology. Many small glaciers have
disappeared from Rohtang region in some decades. Given the seriousness and a
writ petition filed by an unknown person with Himachal High Court, all
non-Himachali vehicles have been banned from plying Manali-Rohtang pass road. The
decision was criticized by many people. After opening of the Manali-Bhrigu
road, which will be approximately 25-km-long in length, traffic burden will be
decreased from Rohtang pass.
Manali was
looking for a similar destination to enhance the stay of tourists here, who
otherwise go back only after visiting Rohtang pass. The holy lake of Bhrigu was
only reachable by hours-long trekking from Gulaba or Vashisht. Only adventure
lovers could enjoy the panoramic view from here. Now after building the road,
all tourists would get chance to explore the hidden beauty of Himalayas from
Bhrigu lake, which is famous for its beautiful camping site.
The tourism
entrepreneurs in Manali are happy with the plan and are waiting for its
implementation. “This is the best gift that Manali has got since a long time
but we shall cheer it only after completion of the project. Road to Bhrigu
would definitely boost tourist arrival to Manali,” Manali hoteliers’ association president Anup Thakur said. The Him-Aanchal taxi operators union,
the largest taxi union of the state, is also happy with the plan of opening
road to Bhrigu. Puran Chand, president of the union, said, “Increase in one
more tourist spot would increase income of taxi operators of the state.”
The only
drawback of the road would be its closure during snowfall, similar to Rohtang
pass. Unlike Rohtang pass where traffic jams cause headache, tourists would be
able to reach snow point just after one hour drive even during summers.

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