Srinagar-Leh highway reopens for traffic after two months

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SRINAGAR: The strategic Srinagar-Leh highway was reopened for traffic on Sunday after remaining closed for nearly two months due to heavy snowfall, officials said.

This is the earliest reopening of the high mountain Zojila pass and also the minimum period of the closure of the road.

The highway was thrown open for traffic after remaining closed for 58 days due to snowfall, a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) spokesman said.

Vehicles carrying essential commodities were initially allowed to move towards Leh-Ladakh from Zojila pass, he said.

The spokesman said the pass was declared opened officially by DG of BRO Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary.

The opening of the road was managed despite fresh snowfall in Zojila pass on Saturday, he added.

He said the road is important from the strategic point of view, being the only route between Kashmir and Ladakh.

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