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Highway connecting Ladakh region reopens after 5 months

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Srinagar | Sunday, May 11 2014 IST
The national highway, connecting the Ladakh region with the rest of the state reopened this morning after remaining closed since December last year due to heavy snowfall.

Official sources said only one-way traffic will be allowed from Srinagar to Kargil. However, from Kargil to Leh two-way traffic will be allowed as usual.

Only light vehicles will be allowed today, sources said, adding that 610 light vehicles, including carrying passengers, left from Sonamarg towards Kargil, a border town on the highway. However, the drivers were directed to cross Sonmarg before 0700 hrs.

The highway from Srinagar to Kargil was closed due to eight to ten feet of snowfall at Zojila and other places during the winter. However, Kargil to Leh road was open.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, started snow clearance operation in March from both Drass and Sonamarg sides.

However, late snowfall and snow avalanches delayed the early snow clearance operation.

Two people were killed after they were buried alive under a snow avalanche at Zojila when they started foot journey from Kargil to Srinagar in April.

The centre has already sanctioned a tunnel at Zojila to make it all weather road. UNI BAS ASM SB 1136 NNNN

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