The strategic national highway that connects Manali to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir partially reopened for light vehicles on Wednesday.

The highway to Manali-Leh highway was closed for over six months due to heavy snowfall, an official said.

"The traffic between Manali and Leh was restored initially for light vehicles," Praveen Yernurkar, officer commanding of the Road Construction Company (RCC), said.

The RCC is a wing of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that maintains crucial highways in the country.

He said the entire 475-km stretch would be opened to heavy vehicles by Sunday (June 5).

The Manali-Leh highway, which had been closed since mid-November, winds its way through the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft), Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla (17,480 ft).

It is crucial to the movement of the armed forces to forward areas in Ladakh.


Courtsey: Punjab Kesari