Srinagar-Leh Highway opens after a hiatus of four months


Srinagar-Leh Highway opens after a hiatus of four months

The 434-km Srinagar-Leh Highway, which connects Ladakh with the rest of the country, has been opened by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to ferry essential commodities amid the current crisis situation. The highway was closed since December last year due to snowfall, which was, reportedly, more than previous 60 years, making it more difficult for the BRO to clear it.

Citing details about resuming traffic on this strategic route, an official from the Defense Ministry stated that on Sunday, as many as 18 tankers and other essential commodities were allowed to move toward Leh from Zojila Pass at 11500 ft, although the route received fresh snowfall.

Reportedly, as per the directions from Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, there was an urgent need for stockpiling essential commodities in the Union Territory of Ladakh. With this in mind, the team of Project Beacon and Project Vijayak cleared fresh snow around Zojila, and made the road motorable.

Srinagar-Leh Highway opens after a hiatus of four months

An official in the know-how stated that the BRO was determined to open the highway, as it is a strategic route connecting Ladakh to the rest of the country, and managed to clear the road covered by snow.

The official also added that the Ladakh administration was, however, against this idea of opening the road in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. As per an order issued by the Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, only a limited number of trucks and oil tankers will be allowed to cross Zojila Pass until further orders.

Also, the Zojila pass received heavy snowfall on April 1 and 2, resulting in its closure again.

Besides, the demand for essential commodities, quantity, agency via which the commodities will be procured, the mechanism for shipment, and further distribution in all areas of both the districts will be monitored and fixed by the respective Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC), the official informed.

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