Light at the end of tunnel for Himachal tribals

Manali: Himachal Pradesh will finally see light at the end of the tunnel. The majestic Rohtang tunnel, which will give all-weather connectivity to Lahaul Spiti (one of the toughest terrains in the hill state) with the rest of the world, will get ready for inauguration before winters in 2020. The tunnel is almost complete. Some important works are left. The Border Roads Organisation  is at it,” Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur told The Statesman.

He said the tunnel would complete in 2020 and will prove a boon for people in Lahaul Spiti. “More such tunnels are proposed en route Leh after Rohtang tunnel in Himachal territory,”Jai Ram Thakur said.

Lahaul Spiti district gets road connectivity almost snapped for almost six months with rest of the state due to heavy snowfall on Rohtang Pass, located at a height of 13050 ft, in winter months. Rohtang Pass is at a distance of over 50 kilometres from Manali in Kullu district.

The snowfall on Kunzum Pass, which is at a greater height than Rohtang, disconnects Lahaul valley with Spiti valley within the district, making it tough for the tribals. During winters, most of the people from Lahaul valley shun the harsh life back home and look for warmer shelters in adjoining .