Manali-Leh highway partially reopened

June 1st, 2011 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Manali, June 1 (IANS) The strategic national highway that connects this town in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir partially reopened Wednesday after remaining closed for over six months owing to heavy snowfall, an official said.

“The traffic between Manali and Leh was restored initially for light vehicles,” Praveen Yernurkar, officer commanding of the Road Construction Company (RCC), told IANS.

The RCC is a wing of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that maintains crucial highways in the country.

He said the entire 475-km stretch would be opened to heavy vehicles by Sunday (June 5).

The Manali-Leh highway, which had been closed since mid-November, winds its way through the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla (17,480 ft).

It is crucial to the movement of the armed forces to forward areas in Ladakh.

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