New Delhi, Mar 12: The Border Road Task Force (BRTF) of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) on Monday started snow clearing operation on the strategically important Manali-Leh highway. The operation will provide connectivity to the Lahaul-Spiti tribals with the rest of the state.

People living in remote areas often face this problem. The highway was blocked from last year December due to heavy snowfall. Residents are finding it difficult to carry out their daily chores due to lack of transportation. Bulldozers and heavy machines were pressed into the service in order to remove the snow.

Every year BRO starts snow clearing work in late March and takes over two months to make the road pliable.

The 474km-long Manali-Leh highway gets blocked after heavy winter snow in November and December and is thrown open for vehicular traffic only after April. BRO soldiers work in freezing cold and face blizzards to reopen the highway every year.

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