Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

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Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:26 am

Like last year, starting this sticky thread where we all can update the road status and conditions for Srinagar - Leh Highway for 2014 -15. We are sure this will help a lot of people making Ladakh trip in coming days over Srinagar - Leh Highway.

Read the complete guide for Srinagar - Leh Highway at the link: Travel Guide for Srinagar – Leh Highway

Read the kick-off article on DoW Blog for more details at the link: Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014

Current Srinagar - Leh Road Status: 5th June 2014
Traffic across Zoji La is opened with the below timetable:
---> Kargil to Sonmarg - 0300 hrs to 0700 hrs in the morning
---> Sonmarg to Kargil - 1400 hrs to 1900 hrs in the evening

Rest of the updates on status of Srinagar - Leh Highway 2014 will be published in reply under this thread here in our DoW Community.
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:23 am

It does not look like that Srinagar - Leh Highway will open by first or second May. Due to polls in Ladakh and scarcity of basic commodities in Leh, BRO is trying best to open Srinagar - Leh Highway by first week of May. Early May seems very unlikely at this stage.

Mid of May seems likely for opening of Srinagar - Leh Higway
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:49 am

Just confirmed, locals in Sonamarg as well as Kargil, expects Srinagar - Leh Highway to open towards 10-15 May time frame.
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby desiredoom » Fri May 02, 2014 11:10 am

Hi, The info provided is extremely useful especially for someone planning their trip in these parts with no prior experience.. any news on the latest on the opening.. there was speculation that it would be open in the fist week of may.. any response with an update on the situation on ground would be very helpful. keep up the good work.
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby aashish2137 » Fri May 02, 2014 2:55 pm

Saw a pic today morning. BRO is working between 12 ft high snow walls + snow on ground. Doesn't look like it will open by the end of first week.
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Fri May 02, 2014 5:49 pm

Hmm.. based on pressure of elections on 7th May, they may open otherwise it will go between 10-15 May as they are trying their best to open it.
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Srinagar - Leh highway

Postby Saroj29 » Sun May 04, 2014 7:12 pm

Dear Dheeraj
We r reaching Srinagar on 15thMay and scheduled to travel to Leh on 20th May on 21st May spending 1 night at Kargil… We hope the Srinagar Leh road is opended by then… Please comment….
Also if road is not opened then what would be the option . Plz advise.we r Group of six
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Mon May 05, 2014 11:55 am

About 10+ active Avalanches are causing delays in opening of Srinagar - Leh Highway. According to BRO, snow clearance was done on 2nd May itself but there are about a dozen of avalanches which are still active on the 13 KM road stretch between Baltal and Zojila pass causing risk to human lives if the pass is allowed to open. BRO is keeping a close watch on the situations and as soon as it seems it is safe to open Srinagar - Leh Highway for commuters, they will do so.

Read More Below:
Srinagar, May 4, 2014: Avalanches triggered by melting of snow in Zojila area is hampering the re-opening of Srinagar-Leh highway despite clearance of snow by the Border Roads Organization, Chief Engineer Project Beacon of the BRO, Brig R K Sharma said here today.
“We completed snow clearance from Zojila on May 2, but due avalanches triggered by melting of snow at the higher reaches, it is not advisable to open the road for movement of traffic at this point of time. Every day dozens of avalanches trigger off on the road and if the traffic is allowed to ply at this point in time, it is not safe for the commuters, said Sharma while taking stock of the snow clearance operations at Zojila.
Brig Sharma said that no time limit should be given to the BRO for the re-opening of the road, as dozens of avalanche sites are still active on the 13 kilometre road stretch between Baltal and Zojila.
“Every day these avalanche-sites give a tough time to the snow clearance officials who put themselves at grave risk to clear the snow”, the Chief Engineer said adding that he understands that there are pressing problems of scarcity on other side of Zojila but safety commuters and drivers is a must.
“There is shortage of medicines, food, milk and vegetables, but at the same time we have to be very sensitive towards the safety of thousands of commuters travelling on the road”, said Sharma.
The Chief Engineer said that in normal circumstances the Highway is thrown open in the first week of April, when the snow fall stops in the month of February, giving ample time for the Beacon personnel to clear the snow. “However, this year things are quite different as it was snowing even in the last week of April and the snow accumulation is six times more than the previous years”, he added.
“The pace of snow clearance on Zojila road picked up from March 24. It took 37 days for BRO men to clear snow up to Gumri. Every passing day with the increase in temperature triggers massive snow avalanches”, Sharma said.
“Beacon men worked for 72 hours continuously without food and water at the Zojila Top as the two vehicles carrying food were trapped in the avalanches for two consecutive days on April 28 and 29″ Brigadier said.
Regarding the number of the avalanche sites, Chief Engineer BRO said that there are about more than 20 active avalanche sites on the Baltal to Zojila track, with four to five measuring about 100 to 400 metres long and 40 to 60 feet high.
Sharma said that avalanches have created where road opening not possible at this point of time as there is threat to human lives. “How much time it needs to throw the road open cannot be anticipated at this point of time till proper assessment of the road is done. There should be no time frame and time put by force. We are making in our best possible efforts”, he added.
External Source: Avalanches hamper re-opening of Srinagar-Leh NH
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Re: Srinagar - Leh highway

Postby aashish2137 » Mon May 05, 2014 3:16 pm

@saroj29, the Zozi La route (Srinagar - Leh) isn't open yet due to avalanches in those regions. Its 5th May already and though the route opened on 29th April last year, this year it might open by 15th May or so.

Nobody can commit the clearing of roads and its deadline but if the roads aren't open, you can explore the option of visiting Himachal or flying to Leh from Delhi.
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Re: Srinagar - Leh Highway Status 2014

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Mon May 05, 2014 3:18 pm

@Saroj29: topic merged.
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