The area near the Atal Tunnel experienced heavy snowfall. Due to this, the Manali-Leh highway via the Atal tunnel was closed. The highway towards the Lahaul side beyond Solang Valley had to be closed. The road leading to the Spiti valley from the Manali side at Kunzum Pass on the highway was also closed because of the snowfall. Since Wednesday, the regions have been experiencing very heavy snowfall.
Manali-Leh Highway Closed
A fresh and heavy snowfall hampered traffic movement in the Lahaul and Spiti districts. The district’s connected roadways have been blocked as a result of this. In the past few days, the main district headquarters, Keylong, has also received snowfall. This is why the Manali-Leh highway had to be closed.
The police said that due to this, the entire district’s traffic came to a standstill. The district’s internal road links were also blocked because of the traffic in the region. The district administration recently advised people to avoid unnecessary travel to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys.
Ensuring Road Connectivity
The Border Road Organisation is also working round the clock on the Manali-Leh highway. The Public Works Department has also put its workforce and machinery to work to restore connectivity. The Manali-Leh Highway via the Atal Tunnel is one of the most celebrated ones. It has aided travellers by reducing the travel time from Manali to Leh to 13 to 14 hours. This 9.02-kilometre tunnel was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Make sure you avoid planning your vacation to Spiti valley for now.
News Source: Times Of India
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