Srinagar-Leh opens, 2004


Official sources said the road would be opened for civil traffic tomorrow as the snow on the highway had been cleared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the road links between Srinagar, Drass, Kargil and Leh.

The reopening of the highway, which was closed in November last year, was delayed due to heavy snowfall in the first week of this month at Sonamarg, Zojila pass and Gumri.

However, Army vehicles were plying on the highway from the last week of April, official sources said.

About 16 to 22 feet of snow was cleared on the highway, taking special precautions in the avalanche-prone areas. Imported sophisticated machines and trained BRO personnel ensured completion of the task without any casualties, the sources said.

About a dozen BRO men and civilian labourers were killed during the snow-clearance operations in the nineties on this highway.

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