Army Road Engineers Target To Open Rohtang Pass By Mid-May 2019

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Manali: Equipped with modern machinery and technically skilled officers and jawans, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO)  started snow-clearance operation on the Manali-Leh highway soon after holding prayers and a puja at Gulaba on April 4, about 32 km from here. 

Colonel Uma Shanker(SM), Commander, 38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF), said massive efforts were being made to open the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul-Spiti open by second week of may provided the weather conditions remain favourable. Efforts were being made to open the Manali- Rothang Pass by the second week of May. The work is in progress from the other side of Rohtang Pass in the Lahaul valley, he added.

He further said the early opening of the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass  will also bring great relief to the Lahaul-Spiti valley inhabitants. He said five snow-clearing teams had been deployed for opening of the 222-km Manali- Sarchu road. Snow cutters and other modern machines were being used besides the services of dedicated and well organized team work of officers and jawans. 

Uma Shanker said they had to cut through 20ft to 30ft of snow. Thickness of snow near Rohtang top could be 40ft. 

The Commander said the first team from Manali was clearing snow near Gulaba towards Rohtang Pass, while the second team is clearing snow between Koksar and Rohtang Pass. The third team is moving from Darcha towards Baralacha Pass. Five snow cutters, six excavators, eight dozers and other machines have been deployed to execute the task. 

The Colonel said the work started after organizing a puja in Gulaba where all officers, jawans and machine operators prayed for their safety and favourable conditions. He has directed jawans to take their safety on priority. He further added that his prime goal was to open Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway to bring relief to thousands of people of Lahaul valley. 

Meanwhile, Deputy director ABMI, Manali, Raman Gharsangi said two rescue posts had been established on either side of Rohtang Pass for the convenience of the people of Lahaul.He added Rescue team deployed at Koksar rescue hut was airlifted and dropped off at Koksar…the rescue hut at Koksar becomes functional today onwards…the team deployed at Marhi will reach on the 1st of April….so from 1st April onwards both the rescue teams will be operational  to help and escort people crossing the Rohtang Pass. 

He requested pedestrians to register themselves at both the posts before and after crossing the mighty Rohtang Pass. He also said that pedestrians should not risk their lives and should cross Rohtang only after ensuring that the weather was clear.

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.

2 Comments

  • Dipak prajapati says:

    What is the status of kunzum pass and opening date and snow clearing work of kunzum pass.when kunzum pass open

  • Raj says:

    Please specify Engineers of Border Roads Organisation properly as civilians are not aware of this department and their work in such a difficult condition despite of their life threatening work and outstanding level of risk. All such works are done by BRO personnel but no credits are given to them. So, please highlight them very well so that their hard work also pays off.

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