manali: The president’s visit will not hamper tourist activities: Hp Police | News from Shimla

MANALI: Tourist activities in Manali and Lahaul will not be hampered during the visit of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday, police said. The President will visit the Atal, Sissu and Manali (Bahang) tunnel during his one-day visit on Saturday. In order to minimize damage to tourism, the police have drawn up a traffic plan for tourists and local residents. According to the plan, traffic on the routes of the Manali-Atal tunnel and the Sissu-Atal tunnel will only be allowed before 8 a.m. The tunnel will remain closed until noon. However, nearby places like Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass will remain open all day so tourists won’t face any problem.
Kullu Police Chief Superintendent Gurdev Sharma said vehicles heading for the Lahaul-Spiti tunnel, Ladakh and Atal should leave Manali by 8 a.m. “All vehicles will then be stopped near the Dhundi tunnel between 10 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Traffic on the Manali-Rohtang Pass will continue uninterrupted. Vehicles near the tunnel will be stopped at Dhundi car park,” he said.
As the President will also visit the Defense Geoinformatics Research Establishment (DGRE) at Bahang near Manali, the SSP said no parking will be allowed on the roadsides between Bahang and Atal Tunnel. Vehicles going to Solang Valley will be guided to the parking lot at the entrance to Solang Valley, he said.
The police also advised travel agencies against organizing hiking or climbing expeditions in the area near the Atal tunnel on Saturday. Emergency vehicles will continue to follow the route of the Atal tunnel.
Meanwhile, as the high peaks of the Pir Panjal, including the Rohtang and the tunnel areas, were covered in light clouds and parts received light rain on Friday, experts said bad weather could affect the release of the Mi-17 helicopter carrying the President to Lahaul Valley. Weather conditions in the Rohtang region remain unpredictable and poor visibility after light rain or snowfall often affects outings in the region.

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