April has come and snow clearance operation over 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway are in full swing for the season 2014 – 15. This time snow stock is huge again, about 30 feet and recent snowfall in March has resulted in delays in Snow Clearance operations but BRO is trying their best to resume the road connectivity from Srinagar to Leh – Ladakh and Kargil. Srinagar – Leh acts as lifeline of Kargil and Leh which remains snow bound for more than 6 months. Good news is that, the snow clearance operations have been resumed in full swing and BRO has reached at Machoyi which is about 26 KMs from Drass or 3 KMs before Gumri so as to clear huge snow stock from Srinagar – Leh Highway …
The opening of the Zojila Pass and in turn Srinagar – Leh Highway depends upon the snowfall in the coming weeks and the amount of accumulated snow. But, keeping fingers crossed let’s hope that we get to connect Leh – Ladakh as soon as possible or as the BRO claims by end of April. Please keep in mind that even when the highway gets open it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow.
As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for status of the 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2014 which so many adventure lovers await every year. However, instead of updating the main article here at DoW Blog, I will keep the updated progress in the DoW Community thread for the same for better tracking of updates. A Forum Topic always helps in better updates tracking as well as collation in organized manner. Hence, for all updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway after this initial post please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread
Once the Srinagar – Leh road opens, I may not be that active in frequently updating the status because these roads close and open on frequent basis. It is barely impossible for a single tiny soul like me to update this information on daily basis once the road gets open, so please request you to excuse me on that front and accept my apologies :)… However, if there is some major blockade of 3 – 4 days, I will try to surely update such information about Srinagar – Leh highway status. That is another reason to keep updated to DoW Community Thread for the same.
I hope as per the last year, this year as well this article thread will be useful in planning your journey on Srinagar – Leh Highway and further to Leh – Ladakh.
Again, for all latest updates on Srinagar – Leh Highway Status after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2014 | DoW Community Thread
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Updated: 17th May, 2014
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
- Sonamarg to Zozila Pass to Kargil is Open
- Kargil to Leh is Open
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 17th May, 2014
Road as been opened again for traffic to ply on Srinagar – Leh Highway
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 13th May, 2014
Road is again closed due to inclement weather up there in North with rains and snow lashing the higher hills in entire Northern India
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPEN | Update Date: 11th May, 2014
Srinagar, 11th May 2014:Srinagar – Leh Highway has been opened for light vehicles only, starting 11th May. Traffic will be allowed till 7 AM in the morning and one side only until the condition of the highway stabilizes. Read more at: Srinagar – Leh Highway opens for 2014 – 2015
Kargil, April 4 2014: – The Srinagar-Leh Highway is likely to open for vehicular Traffic in the last week of April.
The road is currently under 30 feet or more of snow accumulated due to avalanches in the area.
According to a local news agency, Border Roads Organization has cleared upto Machoyi 26 km from Drass town.
Col P Kumar Commanding officer VIJAYAK project said that his team has started the Snow Clearance work on time on 10th of March 2014 but heavy snowfall on March 11, created a lot of the problem.
He said that his team has to restart the clearance work from Matayen and this time the snow accumulation is more than last year which even creates problem in locating the road.
He appreciated the efforts of the VIJAYAK Personal working on the road particularly the Locals as according to him without them the task was not successful.
Col P Kumar termed the Zojjila pass as an important link (Lifeline for Ladakh Particularly Kargil) and his team was doing their best to reach the target before time but he added that due to the heavy snowfall in the second week of March this year there will remain possibilities of Avalanches after the snow clearance which is the biggest challenge to face.
External Source: Srinagar-Leh Highway likely to open by April end