Srinagar-Leh highway re-opening gets delayed this year

Srinagar-Leh highway shut on fourth straight day

A team of officials from Ganderbal district administration and police Sunday visited Zojilla Pass to review the status of the Sonamarg-Drass road along the Srinagar-Leh Highway.

The team was led by Deputy Commissioner GanderbalHashmat Ali and Senior Superintendent of Police of the district, Khalil Muhammad Poswal.

The officials took stock of the road condition from Sonamarg towards Drass and also inspected the widening and repairing works being undertaken by the Border Roads Organisation to facilitate traffic movement in Zojilla area as early as possible.

Earlier on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner KargilBaseer-ul-Haq and SSP KargilVinod Kumar and SSP traffic (Rural) Muzafar Ahmad Shah also visited Zojilla area to inspect the condition of the road.

The inspection reports, of both Kargil and Sonamarg sides, will be submitted to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir after which a decision regarding re-opening of the road will be taken, an official source said.

Officials said the heavy accumulation of snow on the road this year, especially in Zojilla stretch, and repeated snow avalanches in the area hampered early re-opening of the strategic highway, which remains closed for winter months.

In 2018, the Srinagar-Leh highway was opened for traffic on April 6.