Massive traffic jam on Srinagar-Leh highway near Zojila pass

A massive traffic jam near 11,575 feet high Zojila passalong 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway Wednesday left thousands ofcommuters including tourists stranded for hours altogether, officials said.

The traffic on the highway came to a halt when the BorderRoads Organisation, which maintains the highway, pressed its men and machinesto carry out some urgent repairs on the arterial road, the officials said.

“We had reached Zojila pass around forenoon and arecaught in a massive traffic jam for the last four hours,” a touristheading for Leh said.

He said the authorities concerned should have intimated thetravellers before suddenly stoping the traffic and causing unnecessaryinconvenience to them.

“There is no information and we do not know how long wehave to face this nightmare,” he said.

A traffic department official said the traffic on thehighway was restored and cops are on the job to ensure smooth movement ofvehicles.

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