Srinagar-Leh reopens after 9 days of continuous closure
By: Sheikh Anees
SRINAGAR: The Srinagar-Leh highway connecting Ladakh region with the Kashmir Valley reopened after remaining closed for eight days due to heavy snowfall and snow slides.
An official told today that the highway was thrown open this morning and the stranded vehicles were allowed to move from Leh/Kargil towards Srinagar.
He said stranded vehicles in different areas of Drass, Meenimarg, Kargil and Leh mostly carrying passengers, tourists and Srinagar bound empty trucks were allowed to move towards Sonamarg on Friday Morning and asked to reach Zojila pass after 10am.
SSP Traffic Ruler Muzaffar Ahmad said that only stranded vehicles were allowed to move from Leh/Kargil towards Srinagar and will try to clear all stranded vehicles from Kargil side today.
“if the weather conditions remain pleasant , and if all stranded vehicles from Kargil get cleared today, the traffic will be allowed to move from Sonamarg to Leh/Kargil tomorrow.
Officials said that the traffic on the Srinagar-Leh highway was closed on Thursday last week due to heavy snowfall and accumulated serval feet of snow on Zojila pass.
They said that despite hectic efforts, the agencies concerned including BRO involved in the road snow clearance have cleared the highway.
As the highway was cleared from all the blockades, over hundreds of stranded vehicles from Kargil side were allowed to move towards Srinagar the official said.