Ganderbal: The vital Srinagar-Leh highway is likely to reopen for vehicular traffic in next couple of days in case there is no fresh rainfall in the area. A top official said that only 400 meter stretch of the road is awaiting clearance as the border roads workers are working overtime to throw the road open.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Tariq Hussain Ganai who traveled to Zoji La area on Sunday afternoon along-with the Project Beacon officers, who are responsible for road clearance in the area, told Kashmir Reader that the treacherous road is almost ready for vehicular traffic. “If the weather remains clear for the next few days, the road will be thrown open by Tuesday or Wednesday,” he said.
He said the road clearance process was going in full swing and only a stretch of less than half a kilometer is blocked by recent snow. “I traveled beyond Gumri and the road is almost ready to reconnect ladakh region with Kashmir valley,” he said.
The strategic Srinagar-Leh highway remains blocked due to accumulation of heavy snow for almost six months. The road was closed for vehicular traffic in December last year. The authorities had planned to re-open it in the beginning of April due to less snowfall during the winter season. However, the heavy rains and snowfall from march-end hampered the road clearance process.