Srinagar-Leh opens (2002)

Srinagar, May 13
The strategic 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway, which remains snowbound for more than six months of winter, was reopened to traffic today.

Lieut-Gen V. G. Patankar, Commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps of the Army, flagged off a convoy of 25 vehicles of the security forces at the Zojila carrying stores and supplies to Ladakh. The civilian traffic to the region would be allowed within the next couple of days, a defence spokesman said.

Talking to the visiting mediapersons at the flagging-off ceremony, General Patankar said there were 56 major and 19 minor landslides on a stretch of 42 km long of the highway.

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