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Rohtang Pass closed for tourists as frozen stretches make driving risky

Only army, police and emergency service vehicles will be allowed through the pass till April-end; Kullu district administration shuts portal for online permits

Rohtang Pass at 13,050 feet in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh has been closed for tourists and day-trippers in view of the slippery roads due to freezing conditions at the high altitude.

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Kullu deputy commissioner Ashutosh Garg said that from Monday, tourist vehicles headed for Rohtang will not be allowed beyond Kothi village, 13km ahead of Manali town, till April-end when the weather improves.

Only army, police and emergency service vehicles are permitted through Atal Tunnel during this period.

The administration has shut the portal for online permits.

The tourist influx to Rohtang Pass increased after the region received snowfall around Diwali on November 4.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cautioned that due to the dipping temperature and adverse…

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