Srinagar-Leh road reopens after 2 months

Srinagar-Leh road reopens after 2 months

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Srinagar, February 28

The strategic Srinagar-Leh highway was reopened for traffic on Sunday after remaining closed for nearly two months due to heavy snowfall. This is the earliest reopening of the high mountain Zojila pass and also the minimum period of the closure of the road.

The highway was thrown open for traffic after remaining closed for 58 days due to snowfall, a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) spokesman said. Vehicles carrying essential commodities were initially allowed to move towards Leh-Ladakh from Zojila pass. The pass was declared opened officially by DG of BRO Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary.

The opening of the road was managed despite fresh snowfall in Zojila pass on Saturday. He said the road is important from the strategic point of view, being the only route between Kashmir and Ladakh. This road is the lifeline for the survival and economic development of people of Ladakh as well as for the security forces, the spokesman said. — PTI

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