ZOZILA PASS REOPENS IN RECORD TIME Srinagar-Leh highway thrown open for traffic much ahead of schedule Azad appreciates Beacon, Himank for early opening of road VIVEK SURI JAMMU, APRIL 15: At least one month ahead of the schedule, the Srinagar-
Srinagar-Leh highway thrown open for traffic much ahead of schedule
Azad appreciates Beacon, Himank for early opening of road
It is unprecedented feat that troops of both Beacon and Himank Border Road Projects with their concerted efforts opened the pass almost one month in advance. Also, it is for the first time that the road has been thrown open for vehicular traffic as early as mid-April while this vital road link between
Zojila pass is the gateway to the
Project Beacon keeps the stretch from
Zojila pass was closed on
Although major efforts of snow clearance are machine oriented, it is the men behind the machine that matter a lot. Late snow during mid-March this year made the clearance task more Herculean. Snow accumulated from 40-90 feet at places. This year due to heavy snowfall and subsequent snow accumulation of about 40 - 90 feet at Zojila, the road opening was a challenging task.
With extensive deployment of resources and manpower, sound and meticulous planning and concerted efforts, the Project forged ahead with snow clearance operation and it was completed on
Describing the all time earliest opening of Srinagar-Leh highway today as a record in the history of
Addressing a public gathering at Drass today, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, after flagging off traffic on the highway, the Chief Minister said that this year the road was opened for the first time in April.
Last year too, the opening was advanced to May 1 which was also then the earliest time to allow movement of traffic between
Mr Azad said the aim of throwing open the highway early was also to promote tourism and generate economic activity in the region. The early opening of the Srinagar-Leh highway, he said, would attract tourists to Ladakh via Drass and Kargil much earlier than they used to arrive here. This, he said,would promote economic activity in the region.
He said it was also important to have tourism related facilities like hotels and restaurants so that more and more tourists visit the region. He asked the local people to open up small hotels and eating places in Drass,Kargil and other places in the region, especially along the highway.He said, besides promoting tourism, it would also grow local economy.
Stressing the need to utilize the peculiarity of the region to woo tourists, he also suggested setting up of a tourist village comprising some twenty houses to showcase the rich traditional heritage of the area. In this connection, he sought the cooperation and guidance of the elders of the area for constructing such a traditional village where tourists would get a chance to have an insight into the food habits, dress, life style, dance and music and other aspects of life.
While talking to media General Sabharwal assured that besides the induction of new road construction machineries as well as latest snow clearance equipments, with the grit and determination of BRO the road will be kept opened for a much long duration than earlier. GOC gave away prizes to members of BROs for their outstanding contribution.
It is a commendable record breaking feat that the pass been opened almost one and half months before the schedule time i.e. Jun 08 unlike earlier years.