The road is crucial for movement of armed forces to areas in the Ladakh region that borders China and Pakistan.

"The snow-clearing operation between Manali and Leh was completed Monday evening," Colonel Yogesh Nair, commander of the 38 Task Force of GREF said.

GREF or General Reserve Engineering Force is a wing of the Border Roads Organization that maintains crucial highways in the country.

The entire 475-km road stretch between Manali and Leh remains off-limits for over six months due to heavy snow. The road was closed in mid-November last year.

The snow-clearing started March 1 and took over two months to make the road motorable.

The Manali-Leh highway that attracts a number of backpackers, especially foreign nationals, winds its way through the Rohtang Pass (13,050 feet), Baralacha Pass (16,020 feet), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 feet) and Tanglangla (17,480 feet).


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