Highway connecting Srinagar to Ladakh reopened
Zojila Pass: The arterial highway connecting Ladakh with Srinagar has reopened over the weekend, allowing basic amenities and fresh food to be transported. The arterial highway of Ladakh NH 1D, which connects Ladakh with the rest of the country, remains closed for six months. Last year this road was opened only on April 25.
Sayed Ali Shehwas, a local resident, said with the reopening of the highway essential commodities will now be easily available. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel carried out the uphill task of clearing the snow-bound stretch across Zojila along the 434-kilometre long Srinagar-Kargil-Leh Highway.
The BRO head, Brigadier R K Singh, said: “We understand the problems faced by our brothers and sisters in Leh and Ladakh and if by opening this route early, we can reduce their problems even a little bit then it is a cause of great happiness to us.” After the inauguration ceremony, an army convoy was allowed to move followed by civilian traffic.
The highway passes through the 11,578-foot high Zojila pass, which lies on the lower depression of the Himalayan range, about 100-kilometres from Srinagar.