Manali-Leh Highway is now open to all after being closed for the general public for months, the road has opened after the BRO cleared the 427 km highway of heavy snow in a record 138 days.

Manali-Leh highway is strategically important as it facilitates the movement of armed forces and their supplies and cargo in the Ladakh region bordering both China and Pakistan, as well as connecting Ladakh to the rest of India.

Border Roads Organization (BRO) has cleared vehicular movement to Ladakh via Srinagar and Manali in record time, complementing the gains of the Atal Tunnel in Himachal.

BRO, with a renewed focus on opening all strategic roads and passes at the earliest, is working hard to reduce the closure period and open road as compared to previous years.

The 439 km Srinagar route opened after 68 days on 16 March, a far cry from the time when the 11,540 fy Zoji La, 100 km from Srinagar, remained closed for months.

The 16,561-ft-tall Shinku La (pass) on the Nimu-Padam-Darcha (NPD) route opened on Thursday after a gap of 55 days. Early restoration of traffic on these routes would also help the forces to move out of the space rather than pushing it in 3-4 months.

It will also allow trucking of civilian and fresh supplies instead of costly air freight, while those traveling to Ladakh and guest workers will have a cheaper travel option than flights, which are the only means of travel if road connectivity is disrupted due to heavy snowfall.


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