Manali, Rohtang Tunnel Choked With Tourist Vehicles

Manali: Onset of the year ender festive week starting from 24th December, one of India’s most popular tourist destination – Manali has been experiencing successive traffic jams as thousands of revellers have thronged the township to usher in the New Year.

Thousands of vehicles headed for Manali to celebrate the 2023 New Year festivities have led to severe traffic jams (Photo: Sanjay Dutta)

Long queues of vehicles are being witnessed on all roads in and around Manali town and old Manali.

Vehicles stuck at Rohtang Tunnel (Photo: Sanjay Dutta)

The 24 km long section of the highway connecting Manali and Atal tunnel is also experiencing traffic jams. The traffic jams are occurring at at the north and south ends of the Atal tunnel as well as inside the over 8 km long tunnel.

According to officials, given the green tax barrier, an estimated around 19,383 tourist vehicles entered Manali in four days.

Inaugurated in October 2020, the Atal tunnel became one of the most visited tourist spots in Manali as tourists used this tunnel to visit the Lahaul and Spiti districts to witness snowfall.

Traffic congestion arose due to the mismanagement of the traffic. More traffic jams are expected on New Year’s Eve as the tourist arrivals continue to be registered at Manali.

According to Manali police sources, the local administration has divided Manali into eight sectors to manage the traffic. As Manali needed more parking places, the traffic police were not allowing tourist buses to be parked on the roads.

A crowded Mall Road at Manali as revellers celebrate the passing of 2022 and await ushering in the New Year (Photo: Sanjay Dutta)

The tourists have been advised to get the hotel booking confirmed, as 90 per cent of hotel accommodations in Manali and other tourist destinations have already been booked.

The fresh weather alert issued by the MET department said a western disturbance, which will be active , may bring snow and light rains in Kullu districts,

Meanwhile, the Himachal government, to facilitate the tourists, on Tuesday allowed the eateries to open round the clock till January 2, 2023.

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