Manali Leh Road Status 2019

Discussion in 'Road Status / Maps' started by Vargis Khan, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    The BRO is gearing up to begin snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway to connect 13,050 feet high Rohtang Pass, gateway to remote Lahaul, with the picturesque valley. As soon as the weather improves, the BRO will start clearing snow from Gulaba towards Lahaul.

    The pass was closed to traffic in December last because of heavy snowfall, depriving the residents of Lahaul-Spiti connectivity with the rest of the state for several months. Internal link road of Lahaul Spiti are also blocked. This has paralyzed transportation badly in the district.

    Now with the weather improving, the residents of Lahaul have urged the district administration and the BRO to start snow-clearance operation on the Rohtang Pass allowing connectivity between Manali and Keylong. They have urged the Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti Ashwani Kumar Chaudhari to ask the BRO and the PWD to begin snow-clearance operation within the valley to connect link roads within the district.
    Tenzin Gyaccho, a Zila Parishad member in Keylong, told The Tribune, “Due to heavy snowfall this winter, life in Lahaul-Spiti has been badly hit. All internal links roads are blocked, which is giving tough time to the people of the valley. Patients are the worst sufferers because they could not be airlifted out of the valley for medical treatment due to bad weather.

    “Now as the weather has improved the people want speedy restoration of roads within the district and outside. It will be of great help to us to move in and out of the district”, he added.

    The DC Lahaul-Spiti had called a meeting of BRO and PWD officials at Satingri yesterday to discuss the issue. The DC said the BRO was going to start snow clearance operation in a day or two from Satingri toward Tandi and Sissu to connect the road with the Rohtang tunnel in north portal. The tunnel can be used for transportation of tribals between Lahaul and Kullu in emergency cases. Similarly, BRO workforce and machinery is moving from Udaipur ahead toward Kolang.

    Colonel Uma Shankar, BRO Commander, 38 BRTF, Manali said, “Snow clearance work on the Manali-Leh highway will start from Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass within one week depending upon the weather conditions. There is warning of snowfall in the coming days and we will observe the situation. As soon as the weather improves we will begin snow-clearance operation”.

    Source: TribuneIndia
  2. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Road clearing work that started last week came to a complete standstill due to heavy snowfall and rain in several parts of Himachal Pradesh. The valleys of Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, and Pangi all received a fresh spell of snow. Rain dropped the temperature drastically in lower areas of Mandi, Bilaspur, and Solan. Rohtang Pass received about 30 centimeters of fresh snow. It snowed even in Manali for about 3 cm. There is about 15ft of Snow at the passes of Rohtang, Baralacha La, Sach, and Kunzum. There is no word right now on by when BRO will be able to resume snow clearing operation.
  3. Tarasish Mohanty

    Tarasish Mohanty New Member

    Hi Vargis, I will be driving along with my friends of 10 members to Leh via Manali route. We will start our journey on 2nd June from Delhi and reach Manali on 3rd June .We Have a plan of Bhrigu lake trek for 2 days and on 5th june we are heading towards leh.Please suggest leh-manali highway will be opened or not at that time
  4. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Tarashish - Chances are that it will be open by then.
  5. Tuneer Ghosh

    Tuneer Ghosh New Member

    Hello Vargis....
    I am planning a trip from manali to spiti with my friends on 25th of there a chance of the roads being opened by then??
  6. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Tuneer - Yes, there is high chance that the road will be open by then.
  7. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    A couple of news reports on Tribue and GreaterKashmir claimed that Manali Leh stretch may get declared open by April 2nd week. See below.

    The Leh-Manali road is likely to be reopened in the second week of April, Border Roads Organization (BRO) said on Saturday.

    An official of BRO said that a snow clearance team is currently working on Leh-Manali road.
    Under Project Himank, men and heavy machinery have been put into service to clear snow and make the 400 km road motorable for traffic in summer, he said.
    The official said that around 20 feet snow has accumulated along the high altitude. The road had passes as high as 14000 feet.
    Heavy snowfall in the mountainous region in winter closes down the highways cutting off the Leh from rest of the world.
    Chief Engineer Project Himank Brigadier Nitin K Sharma said that the members of BRO with machinery are working with strenuous efforts to reopen the road.
    “Despite sub-zero temperature and high altitude, our men are on the job to reopen the vital road. The weather has played spoil sport in the snow clearance. Every now and then fresh snowfall brings the snow clearance operation back to square one. Despite all that the road will likely be thrown open in the second week of April,” the Chief Engineer said.

    Source: GreaterKashmir

    The snowbound Leh-Manali highway is likely to be reopened in the second week of April as the Border Roads Organisation has started clearing snow, officials said. The highway was closed to traffic on November 20 last year due to accumulation of snow.

    The officials said under Project Himank, men and machinery had been put into service to clear the snow and make the 400-km road motorable.

    Around 20 feet of snow has accumulated along the high-altitude road which connects Leh with Himachal Pradesh. Heavy spells of snow in the mountainous region in winter shut the highway, cutting off Leh from the rest of the country.
    Chief Engineer, Project Himank, Brigadier Nitin K Sharma said the BRO men and machinery were making all efforts to reopen the road.

    Source: TribuneIndia
  8. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    While the news report above may sound like music to the ears of a lot of people planning to visit Ladakh this year, I highly doubt that this will happen. I am not sure about the authenticity of this news but if BRO is able to declare open the road in April, then this is going to be an all time record. Even last year, when there was almost no snow anywhere, they could not clear the road before the month of May.

    This year, there is several feet of snow accumulated on top of both Rohtang and Baralacha La. There is snow still in lower areas like Solang Valley. Road clearing at Rohtang from Gulaba side started a couple of weeks ago but was brought to standstill by snowfall again.

    My honest advice would be to not rely on this news and plan traveling on Manali Leh route after Mid-May only. Even if it gets opened by April by some miracle, it will would be very risky to travel on it. There will be huge amount of snow at top of the passes risking avalanches and road condition too would be very bad. Do not be surprised if they declare it open for a few days and then close it again for restoration work.
  9. Vargis Khan

    Vargis Khan Administrator Staff Member

    Sharing a few pictures of snow clearing in progress


  10. Tuneer Ghosh

    Tuneer Ghosh New Member

    Thanks brother.....very excited for this trip ahead!

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