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Strategic Manali-Leh highway opened for Army vehicles after almost 5 months

The entire snow clearance operations were executed by Project Deepak in Himachal Pradesh and Project Himank in Ladakh working simultaneously

Strategic Manali-Leh highway opened for Army vehicles after almost 5 months

The teams had to negotiate four important and high-altitude passes.



PTI

Keylong, April 23

The strategic Manali-Leh (National Highway 3) which was closed since November last year following snow was opened by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), officials said on Tuesday.

The entire snow clearance operations were executed by Project Deepak in Himachal Pradesh and Project Himank in Ladakh working simultaneously and the road was opened for the Army vehicles on Sunday, a statement issued here on Tuesday said.

The 427-km-long highway connecting Ladakh with the rest of India via Manali is strategic for the movement of the armed forces and their supplies and wares to forward areas in Ladakh region bordering China and Pakistan. The highway is an alternative axis to the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway.

Project Deepak undertook the operation from Manali to Sarchu (border of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh) and Project Himank cleared the highway from Leh to Sarchu. The teams of both units worked in extremely challenging conditions in snowstorms and high-altitude areas to clear the highway.

The teams had to negotiate four important and high-altitude passes, including the Baralacha La (16,040 ft), Nakee La (15,547 ft), Lachulung La (16,616 ft) and Tanglang La (17,482 ft). A significant time of snow clearance was consumed in clearance of these high mountain passes where the precipitation was more and the teams encountered snow walls of height 20-30 feet, the statement added.

As the two snow clearance teams converged to a common point which is also the inter-project boundaries, a 'Golden Handshake' ceremony was organised at Sarchu on Tuesday.

The road will be opened only for Army Logistics convoys at present and the decision to open the road for locals and tourists will be taken by the district disaster management authorities in subsequent time frame in a phased manner, the officials said.

Opening of Manali-Leh highway also augurs propitious times for tourism, which is a major source of living for the people of Ladakh and Lahaul & Spiti. 

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