Landslides force closure of Srinagar-Leh highway
Jammu & Kashmir

Landslides force closure of Srinagar-Leh highway

Agency News

Srinagar, Jul 29: The 434-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was closed yet again on Monday due to fresh landslides, triggered by rain during the night, a traffic police official said here on Monday morning.He said traffic on the strategically important highway was resumed only on Sunday, after remaining suspended for three consecutive days, due to landslides and shooting stones.Almost all vehicles stranded on both sides of the Zojila pass, were cleared till Sunday evening.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the Highway, has already put into service sophisticated machines and men, to put through the traffic.However, he said due to shooting stones, road clearance operation was hampered.Traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from the traffic police officials deployed at different places on the highway, he said.

Adding that traffic is normally being allowed in the morning from Ladakh to Kashmir and later, from here to the other side of Zojila pass.The Government of India (GoI) has already sanctioned a tunnel at Zojila, to make it an all-weather road, since it remained closed during the winter months, due to accumulation of heavy snow. (UNI)