Snow Closes Ladakh Highway


SRINAGAR – The highway connecting Ladakh region with the rest of the state remained closed since yesterday due to snowfall between Sonamarg-Zojila and Meenamarg. 

A number of other roads to far flung and remote areas, particularly near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region, also remained closed for the second day today as a precautionary measure. 

However, the 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained open despite rains at several places. 

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) had announced the closure of Srinagar-Leh national highway between Sonmarg to Meenamarg from November 1. 

However, as the weather remained dry, Transport Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, who represents Kargil constituency, announced that the highway will remain open till November 15. 

Due to dry weather the highway remained open, official sources said, adding in view of the forecast for snowfall on November 17 and today, the authorities suspended traffic on the highway from yesterday. 

They said Zojila pass and other spots on the highway received moderate to heavy snowfall for the past 24 hours. 

A large number of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, remained stranded on either side of the Zojila pass. Sources said the decision to close the highway for six winter months or allow traffic for some more days, will be taken only after assessing the condition of the road. 

The authorities have already stocked essential commodities for six winter months in Leh, Kargil and other areas, which remained cut off from their respective district headquarters in Ladakh region. 

The divisional authorities in Kashmir also closed a number of roads, including Bandipur-Gurez, a border town in north Kashmir, as a precautionary measure in view of the forecast. 

Srinagar witnessed light rains early this morning. Agencies

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