Srinagar-Leh highway, a strategic road that connectsLadakh with the rest of the world, was thrown open on Saturday by theBorder Roads Organisation (BRO) to carry essential commodities to the regiondespite the fresh snowfall in the Zojila pass, an official said.
A BRO official said the425km road was closed in December last year due to heavy snow at Zojilapass.
As per thedirections from Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, there was anemergent need to stockpile essential commodities in the Ladakh UT, hesaid.
"Keeping that in mind theTeam of project Beacon cleared fresh snow at the Zojilla at 11500 ft andmade the road motorable," he added.
The BRO official saidthat about 18 oil tankers and other essential commodities have been allowed tomove towards Leh / Ladakh from Zojilla pass.
This year, the official said, snowfall had broken all past records of the last one decade. The snow clearance operations were undertaken by project Beacon of BRO from Gagangir to zero point and the same was done by project Vijayak from Drass towards zero point.