Srinagar-Leh Road To Be Closed As Winter Precaution

2 October 2008

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Leh National Highway, the only road link between Ladakh region and the rest of Jammu and Kashmir, will be closed for vehicular traffic from October 31 to avert accidents on slippery stretches during winter, a Defence spokesman said in Srinagar on Thursday. While the Leh road (Zojilla Axis) would be closed for traffic from October 31, the stretch between Sonamarg and Gumri would remain blocked. He said this was being done to avert accidents as the road becomes slippery due to the onset of winter with night temperatures staying below freezing point for the most of the season, which lasts for about six months. The road is likely to be reopened in April-May next year. Meanwhile, the spokesman said, the Srinagar-Leh road would be opened for only one-way traffic from October 16 to October 31. While vehicles from Srinagar to Leh would be allowed only on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the slated fortnight, traffic from other side would be plying on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. No vehicles would be allowed on Sundays.