Srinagar-Leh highway opens partially to replenish essential supplies in Ladakh

Srinagar-Leh highway, a strategic road that connects Ladakh  with the rest of the world, was thrown open on Saturday by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to carry essential commodities to the region despite the fresh snowfall in the Zojila pass, an official said. 

A BRO official said the 425km road was closed in December last year due to  heavy snow at Zojila pass. 

As per the directions  from Divisional Commissioner  Ladakh, there was an emergent need to stockpile essential  commodities in the Ladakh UT, he said.

“Keeping that in mind the Team of project Beacon cleared fresh snow at the Zojilla at 11500 ft  and made the road motorable,” he added.

The BRO official said that about 18 oil tankers and other essential commodities have been allowed to move 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.