The Manali-Rohtang-Keylong road will open on Monday: BRO

MANALI: The road, which was closed by vehicular traffic after heavy snowfall in Rohtang Pass Thursday, it will open Monday night, an official said.

Rohtang Pass is covered with over 100cm of snow. The Border Roads Organization () had moved its jawans and snow clearing machines on Friday. At some places, highway is covered under over 150cm of snow.

As its apple harvesting season in Lahaul valley, a large number of produce has been stuck in the valley. Hundreds of people are also waiting to cross Rohtang Pass to reach their destination before the valley cuts off for six months in winters. Providing relief to people, BRO has decided to keep clearing snow from the highway as long as it will be possible for them.

Col Uma Shankar, commander - 38 Border Road Task Force said that machines and jawans were clearing snow from both sides of Rohtang Pass . “The snow thickness is too much at some places. Removing snow is taking too much time. Hopefully it will be cleared by Monday evening,” he said.

Meanwhile, tourist movement is restricted to Gulaba for safety reasons. According to sources, if the snow line recedes, tourists can be allowed to go up to Marhi and then Rohtang Pass in next few days.