Chandigarh: If you are heading to Ladakh in your SUV to beat the heat, please keep this in mind. The odd-even car rationing scheme might halt your journey in the Himalayan mountains.
Taking a cue from Delhi, the Manali District administration has proposed traffic movement from Manali and Lahaul over the Rohtang Pass on alternate dates in a bid to avoid traffic congestion.
On odd dates, vehicles will be allowed to move from Manali over the Rohtang Pass and go into Lahaul Spiti for onward journey to Leh in Ladakh. On even dates, vehicles coming from Leh/Lahaul Spiti side will be allowed to cross Rohtang Pass and come to Manali for onward journeys.
The move intends to allow traffic stream from only one side on alternate days to regulate congestion.
Heavy congestion of roads take place over Rohtang Pass in the summer season after the Manali-Leh road is opened. The road link is a critical lifeline for Lahaul Spiti and Leh.
However, the policy has not yet been implemented and will be modified after it is put into practice, and any inconvenience or issues caused are taken care of by the administration.