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Manali — Leh Highway was reopened on Monday.

Shubham Jaiswal (shubhjaiswal729@gmail.com)

The Manali-Leh highway was reopened to motorists on Monday with the completion of the snow-clearing operations amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. The route is strategic for the movement of the armed forces, and their supplies, and wares to the areas in Ladakh.

Traffic between Manali and Leh was resumed. This time it was reopened much earlier, a Border Roads Organisation. He said the snow was 30-35 feet high in some stretches close to the Baralacha Pass, posing a big challenge to those clearing the snow.

The work to repair the entire 475-km stretch, which links the Himachal Pradesh tourist city with Leh in Jammu and Kashmir, was completed.

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