The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and local authorities have commenced the groundwork for demarcating land and installing boundary pillars along the Hanogi-Manali stretch of the Kiratpur-Manali national highway. NHAI's land acquisition wing and the Kullu forest department have issued orders to demarcate government land and install pillars along the national highway in the presence of revenue officials and village pardhans.
The installation of pillars has already begun on the Nerchowk-Pandoh section and part of Bilaspur. However, on the Pandoh-Manali stretch, the pillars will be installed once land demarcation is completed. The NHAI and other involved agencies were initially supposed to install concrete pillars with GPS coordinates on both sides of the Kiratpur-Manali highway before the road project began in 2013. Compensation was to be disbursed and the road was to be built and widened based on this land demarcation. Unfortunately, the installation of pillars along the entire highway section is still pending.
In 2021, the Ministry of Environment and Forests directed the NHAI to install boundary pillars to prevent any deviations in road alignments. The NHAI is expected to open the entire Kiratpur-Nerchowk stretch in the upcoming months. The Kiratpur-Manali highway widening project has been divided into five sections: Kiratpur-Nerchowk, Nerchowk-Pandoh, Pandoh-Takoli, Takoli-Kullu, and Kullu-Manali.