Restoration work of roads in tribal district Lahaul and Spiti which were cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy snowfall during winters was being undertaken on war footing, a spokesman of the state government said here today.
The Tandi-Keylong-Darcha, Samdo-Kaza-Gramphu and the Koksar-Rohtang roads were closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall.
He said as per the fresh report of the BRO, the Manali-Leh road had been restored from Manali to Gulaba whereas the snow had been completely removed from the Sisu-Jispa stretch and Darcha. Due to recent spell of snow, one kilometer road length between Tandi and Dalang was damaged badly. This has been restored.
The damage, however, had delayed the opening of road between Sisu and Koksar. Likewise, Udaipur road had been restored and snow had been removed on the Udaipur-Tindi road which has been reopened for traffic. The BRO has deployed adequate manpower and machinery at Manali, Koksar, Tandi, Udaipur and Stingri stations to restore roads in the district.
The work on opening Rohtang Pass from Koksar side would be started by the end of March, depending on the weather conditions. He said the restoration work on the roads under the control of Public Works Department was also under progress.
The department has reported that although there was more than six feet snow on the roads, 50 per cent roads have been cleared.
Story: The Tribune