The entire stretch of Srinagar Leh road closed after authorities were forced to shut it down on April 20th post heavy snowfall at Zojila top. A thick blanket of snow covered the Sonamarg – Leh stretch of the national highway, which links the Ladakh region with Kashmir. Along the highway, Minimarag reported 2.5 feet of snow and Sonamarg six inches. Heaviest however was at Zojila top with around 2 – 3 feet of fresh snow. The heavy snowfall triggered an avalanche at the pass after which traffic came to a standstill. The sudden change in weather left several stationary vehicles covered under thick snow along the road.
The Army took essential supplies to Leh by helicopter, while BRO personnel pressed into service to clear the highway.
Srinagar Leh Road Closed
Officials said that the snowfall which started in Zojila and Sonamarg areas on Thursday evening; continued till Friday night; resulting in heavy accumulation of snow in the area on the highway; forcing suspension of traffic movement on Sonamarag-Drass stretch for second day on Saturday.
“Weather remained dry in the area on Saturday; and BRO is on job to clear the snow from the road to reopen the highway,” said an official
The sudden change in weather has left an effect throughout the region. Rohtang Pass too was declared open earlier in April but was shut down for tourists again. BRO was hopeful to clear the Manali Leh stretch by April 20th and Manali Kaza stretch before April ended. Recent spells of snow however has pushed the opening times yet again; and it seems that both of these roads will now open sometime by May end. Situation at Srinagar Leh route however is expected to improve; and authorities are hopeful that the road will open again within next few days.
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