Fresh avalanches delay re-opening of Srinagar-Leh highway

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/27/2019 9:25:57 AM

SRINAGAR, Apr 26: Fresh snow avalanches at about 10 to 12 places has delayed re-opening of the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway
Giving details an official said, “There were about 10 to 12 fresh snow avalanches at different locations on the highway which are being cleared and due to which the re-opening has got delayed.”
He said the beacon authorities have completed snow clearance operation on the highway, which was closed in November last year due to accumulation of eight to ten feet of snow, particularly between Sonamarg-Zojila and Meenmarg.
Earlier this week, confusion prevailed at Srinagar-Leh highway as hundreds of vehicles, including load carriers laden with essential commodities, reached Gund and Sonamarg areas, ahead of the reopening of this strategic road.
The vehicles were awaiting a nod to move towards Kargil. However, the police did not allow any vehicle to move ahead from Gund, which led to a massive traffic jam on the highway.

 

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