Manali-Leh highway re-opens for traffic

May 21st, 2009 - 8:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, May 21 (IANS) The strategic Manali-Leh National Highway 21 re-opened for vehicular traffic Thursday after remaining closed for six months.
The highway was closed in mid-December due to heavy snowfall.

“The crucial 475 km Manali-Leh highway reopened for the traffic this (Thursday) morning,” said S.K. Doon, commander of the 38 Task Force of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) - a wing of the Border Roads Organisation that maintains the highway.

“All types of vehicles can now ply on the highway,” Doon told IANS.

The Manali-Leh highway passes through the most rugged and inhospitable terrain of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

The highway plays an important role for the movement of the armed forces to the forward areas in Ladakh.

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