Srinagar-Leh highway reopens for traffic

Srinagar-Leh highway reopens for traffic


GANDERBAL: After remaining closed for three days, the Srinagar-Leh highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir Valley was reopened for traffic on Monday, officials said.
They said that traffic remained suspended on the highway for three days due to landslides at various places followed by a cloudburst that hit Baltal on late Friday night.
The BRO pressed in service its men and machinary and launched a massive clearance operation to reopen the highway for traffic, officials said.
“Road connectivity of Sgr-Leh highway has been restored and traffic was allowed to ply on both sides of the highway,” an official of BRO said.
Hundreds of passenger and commercial vehicles were stranded on the highway at various places in Ganderbal due to closure of the road.
Meanwhile Amarnath yatra has resumed along Baltal route on Monday, three days after it was suspended because of landslides.
Pilgrims were allowed to proceed to the Baltal base camp from Manigam transit camp in Ganderbal district.
A government spokesman said that governor N.N. Vohra, who is chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), held a meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the to-date status of the ongoing Yatra.
P.K. Tripathi, chief executive officer and Jitendra Kumar Singh, additional chief executive officer of SASB, informed the governor that following the opening of Sonamarg-Baltal road which remained blocked near the Fish Pond point was cleared for traffic from Monday morning, and vehicles were plying from both sides.
The spokesman said that 4746 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave on Monday which is the 26th day of the yatra. The governor was informed that more than 3 lakh devotees have paid obeisance at the holy cave till date.

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