Srinagar, (UNI): The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is clearing snow on the strategic Srinagar-Ladakh highway on a war footing to open it to vehicular traffic as early as possible, officials said on Sunday.
The highway was officially closed on January 5 following heavy snowfall after remaining open for a record time of almost 10 months.
Sixteen machines have been pressed into service to clear the accumulated snow from the highway.
The snow clearance operaation is presently going on at the avalanche-prone Zojila pass at 11,575 feet high above sea level.
They said an early opening of the highway would enable Army convoys to pass “Rasad” for the troops stationed in Ladakh besides for the civilian population.
The connectivity with Ladakh now remains only through air due to the closure of the highway.