For the first time in 2010, Manali – Leh highway has reopened for light traffic today, a fact confirmed by GREF today.
The Manali-Leh highway re-opened for vehicular traffic Monday after remaining closed for six months. The highway was closed Dec 10 due to heavy snowfall.
“The 475-km Manali-Leh highway was re-opened for traffic,” S.K. Doon of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), a wing of the Border Roads Organisation, told IANS over phone from Manali.
He said the snow clearance operation was almost over and the highway was made motorable for light vehicles only.
“In the next few days, heavy vehicles would also be allowed to ply on the highway,” he added.
This is the news that majority of Ladakh aspirants have been waiting for impatiently and hopefully now the highway would remain open for rest of the month, ensuring that BRO gets a chance to rebuild the bad sections soon and facilitate smooth operation of vehicles on this strategic and essential highway to the only part of India, which our army not only faces Pakistan, but also the Chinese.