Srinagar – Leh highway reopens, Ladakh-09 season starts!

Srinagar – Leh highway has finally been declared opened by the BRO today and with it, Ladakh 2009 travel season has begun.

Travelers have been waiting impatiently for good news of the roads to Ladakh reopening, ever since BRO indicated in April, that they might be able to reopen both the highways (Srinagar – Leh and Manali – Leh) in April itself.

While BRO couldn’t keep the promise due to incessant bad weather, they have managed to reopen one of the lifeline to Ladakh, which would not only help kick start the tourist season, but would also let in food supplies for people in Ladakh, who have had to shell out more and more money for fresh vegetables.

The 438-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway was re-opened for traffic Saturday after remaining closed for five months due to heavy snowfall.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) opened the famous Zojila Pass, 3630 meters above sea level, connecting Ladakh region with the rest of the country on Saturday.

He said Lt Gen Bikram Singh, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, flagged off the first army convoy from Sonmarg on this side of the Zojila to Leh.

Source: Rising Kashmir


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