The roads to Rohtang Pass have closed for the season and will only open in March next year. It received heavy snowfall on the 15th and 16th of November and the road has been closed to vehicular traffic. The lowest temperature recorded was as low as -2 degrees and the northern winds travelling southwards brought states like Punjab and Chandigarh under severe cold.
This is nothing extraordinary as the Rohtang Pass road is open to the public for almost five months a year only due to heavy snow in winters. The news may bring along inconvenience for the people of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti but let’s cherish the fact that the Rohtang Pass roads have closed for the last time in our lives courtesy the Rohtang Tunnel.
The Rohtang Pass Tunnel Will be The Second Longest Tunnel In India
The tunnel project of Rohtang Pass has been much talked about already and has been delayed a couple of times. The North and South ends of the Tunnel have finally completed this October and the project is in its final stage. The Rohtang Pass tunnel of Himachal Pradesh is the second longest at 8.8 kilometres after the Patnitop tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir. It reduces the distance between Manali and Keylong by as much as 60 kilometres. The most important thing about the tunnel is that people in the regions of Lahaul, Spiti, Leh and Ladakh will not be cut out from the outside world for six to seven months a year.
The Rohtang Pass Tunnel will also serve a very strategic part of the plan and will facilitate the Indian army to get food and other supplies throughout the year.
Rohtang Pass Has Been Closed For The Season For Now.
The roads of the Rohtang Pass have been closed for vehicular traffic for the season until the month of March. The Border Roads Organisation has stopped clearing the snow already as opposed to December 31st this year. This was done as the Rohtang Pass Tunnel has finally been joined in the North and South ends already. The tunnel will be open to public by May 2018.
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