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Manali-Leh highway reopens after snow-clearing operations amid coronavirus pandemic

Manali-Leh highway reopens for motorists with the completion of the snow-clearing operations amid the coronavirus pandemic,

Manali-Leh highway

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 May 2020 8:01 AM GMT

Himachal Pradesh: Closed for over five months due to heavy snowfall, the Manali-Leh highway was reopened to motorists on Monday with the completion of the snow-clearing operations amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The route is strategic for the movement of the armed forces and their supplies and wares to the areas in Ladakh. "Traffic between Manali and Leh was resumed. This time it was reopened much earlier," a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official told IANS here. He said the snow was 30-35 feet high in some stretches close to the Baralacha Pass, posing a big challenge to those clearing the snow. The work to repair the entire 475-km stretch, which links the Himachal Pradesh tourist city with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, was completed. The Manali-Leh highway winds its way through the Rohtang Pass (13,050 feet), Baralacha Pass (16,020 feet), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 feet) and Tanglangla (17,480 feet). The BRO maintains the strategic highways in the country. (IANS)

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