GANDERBAL: The strategic 434-km long Srinagar-Leh National Highway will be thrown open for vehicular traffic on first week of April, after remaining closed for five months due to heavy snowfall, Border Road Organisation (BRO) said on Monday.
“The snow clearance operation on the only road linking the frontier region of Ladakh with the rest of Jammu and Kashmir has been completed and the road will be thrown open for vehicular traffic on first week of April,” BRO Captain Kaushal Sharma told Kashmir Reader.
He said the necessary repair work and widening of the road was being carried out.
The Srinagar-Leh Highway was closed for vehicular traffic on December last year after the high altitude areas of the valley including Zojila Pass experienced heavy snowfall.
Accumulation of huge snow avalanches over the Zojila pass, 107 kms from here, presents the biggest hurdle to traffic on this road, Sharma said.
He said the snow clearance operation started on March 7. “Tonnes of snow were removed by the personnel of Beacon project, with the help of modern machines, braving the hazards of high altitude, severe cold and rolling avalanches.”
Meanwhile, Chairman J&K Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali on Wednesday visited Zojilla Psas to take stock of the highway.
The chairman was informed that the road shall be opened for movement of light vehicles in a couple of days.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Anayat Ali said that efforts will be made to officially reopen the road for vehicular traffic within two or three days. “I have also been informed by the Divisional Administration Kashmir that the road will be open for LMV for one sided with two or three days,” he said.
“Today, 30 light motor vehicles including passenger vehicles and those carrying vegetables and other essentials were allowed to move towards Srinagar and Kargil,” Anayat Ali said.