In a recent event, the national route between Srinagar and Leh was reopened to vehicle traffic on Thursday after being shut down in January because of extensive snowfall. This year, the route opened in a record-breaking 68 days, according to government officials.
According to the sources, a trial movement was successfully completed before the decision was made to restore the road to civilian traffic. At the 11,650-foot-high Zojila Pass, the roadway was made accessible to vehicles.
The military uses Zojila as a strategic route for operational readiness and as a crucial link between the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Formerly, it used to remain blocked for about six months due to severe snowfall; however, the BRO has been making all the efforts and succeeding to reopen this route in much lesser time over the past several years. The road opened as a result in just 68 days.
When speaking to the media, Lt Gen Chaudhary claimed that reopening of the pass will likely enhance the economy of the region, tourism will also open up because of it, while people of Kargil, Drass, and Leh will be benefiting a lot from the opening of this route.
The BRO DG stated that the highway was kept open until January 6 of this year, after which time it had to be closed to traffic due to heavy rain. This information provided more information concerning the route's opening.
He continued by saying that, in the past, people had the misconception that the path would reopen in May, but that hasn't been the case in recent years. He also said that they will strive to reopen it earlier in the following year.
He further stated that this was the only way to reach the rest of the nation from Ladakh. The road from Leh to Manali is not yet open