Unnamed defence sources were quoted today on the news saying that the Srinagar-Leh road would close officially on October 31st. From the the 16th to the 31st the road will be open one way only :
*Srinagar-Leh : Monday , Wednesdays and Fridays.
*Leh-Srinagar : Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays.
Meanwhile the valley has been stocking up for the winter break : 2.6 lakhs liters of kerosene, 3.6 lakhs of LPG gas and 5409 quintals of sugar will provide a fair amount of hot chai in the Kargil district. The amounts may seem staggering (2.6 lakhs being more than quarter of a million) but it works out as ten liters per inhabitant for the whole valley.
News stories went on to say : “The road is likely to be reopened in April-May next year.” Spontaneous tip : don´t expect it to open anywhere near mid-April after this years debacle.