As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in India, there are several discussion to reopen Rohtang Pass by the end of April. The high mountain pass on the Pir Panjal Range is a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. Reports says that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is already working to clear the road of the Manali-Leh highway.

Himachal Pradesh has badly faced of the second wave of COVID-19. As the state enters its most popular tourist season (summers), it is being feared that this is going to be a repetition like last year. Hence, hoteliers in the state have asked for the reopening of the Rohtang Pass as this could attract some visitors.

BRO has not cleared snow from the pass this year as Atal Tunnel has bypassed the highway. However, traffic is expected to be resume on the Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway by the April last.

"BRO is clearing snow from road on war footing. Tourists will enjoy snow at Marhi and Beas nullah in a few days" said Raman Gharsangi, Manali sub-divisional magistrate.

The Rohtang Pass is usually open from May to November every year, and is known to be difficult due to its unpredictable weather. The pass is prone to sudden snowstorms that can be dangerous.

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