Zojila to open before time, 20 km road cleared
Raja Syed Rather
Ganderbal, Feb 16 (KNO): The 434 km long Srinagar-Leh highway will be thrown open for vehicular traffic a month before the schedule on April 17.
Every year the Zojila pass remains closed for a very long period of time. However, this time around the road has been cleared prior to the estimated period of time.
This is the first time that this road has been cleared in February otherwise, it would have been resumed in March -April.
Snow clearance has been started from Sonamarg from 10th February. Till now 20 km has been cleared. On the regular basis, two machines are working in the clearance of snow.
However, the snow is still accumulated in the road banks in 2 to 3 feet. Beacon is working in full swing from Sonamarg and Sampark are working from Minimarg side.
An official from Beacon department said that if the climate remains favourable all the work shall be completed within week.
Further, 20 km are already cleared while 15 km are yet to clear, said an official.
Although, the winter of this season was very harsh and tough still the work by Beacon didn’t stop.
Meanwhile, Anayat Ali Choudhary tweeted, “SP Kargil Historic! Zojilla Pass opened in February. Great work by BRO and administration on both sides of the pass”—(KNO)