Manali-Leh freeway reopens after 12 days | Shimla Information

MANALI: After remaining blocked for 12 days attributable to heavy snowfall, the Manali-Leh freeway has been reopened to four-wheel drive automobiles.
Baralacha cross, Nakee-la, Lachulung-la, and Taglang-la had obtained heavy snow within the three spells of snowfall within the final two weeks. The freeway at Baralacha cross was lined with greater than 120cm of snow. A navy convoy efficiently crossed the Baralacha cross to achieve Sarchu on Friday. Officers mentioned all automobiles within the convoy had 4X4 (four-wheel drive) automobiles and had put anti-skid snow chains on tyres.
38 Border Roads Job Pressure commander Col Uma Shankar mentioned the snow from the Baralacha cross has been eliminated after efforts of many hours, and the freeway is now open. “At current, the freeway is open, however solely 4X4 automobiles are being allowed. Relying on climate and floor situations, civil administration decides on the motion of the automobiles,” he mentioned.
The snow from the freeway has been cleared, however the icing on the highway floor is the principle downside. A layer of ice is protecting the floor of the freeway at most locations between Zingzingbar in Lahaul and Taglang-la in Leh. With the temperature anticipated to dip additional within the coming days, driving on the Manali-Leh freeway can be very dangerous attributable to slippery highway situations.
In the meantime, Gramphu-Kaza and Darcha-Shinku-la roads are nonetheless blocked with snow.

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