Rohtang Pass thrown open to public

After three days of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Manali and rain in lower parts, residents and tourists got some relief from biting cold today. The Rohtang Pass has also been thrown open for vehicular traffic.

Sources said dozens of vehicles carrying passengers and other essential commodities crossed the pass. Residents of Lahaul, who had been trapped in Kullu after blockade of the Manali-Keylong road in the wake of heavy snowfall, too, left for their destination.

Randhir Singh Salhuria, Director, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), said two rescue posts would be set up on either side of the Rohtang Pass on November 15. He said keeping in view the safety of pedestrians, two posts would be set up in Marhi below the Rohtang Pass and Koksar in Lahaul district. Both posts would monitor all pedestrians crossing the Rohtang Pass.

Salhuria said it would be necessary for pedestrians to get themselves registered with the posts before and after crossing the Rohtang.

Hundreds of tourists thronged Manali to see fresh snow which had become an attraction. Local hoteliers, taxi operators and people engaged in tourism business were happy as snow was proving to be a boon for the tourism industry.

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