The 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway will be closed on November 15, 2010 according to an official spokesperson. The date has been extended to ensure completion of winter stocks of essential commodities in Ladakh region. The Highway would remain open subject to fair weather conditions and provided there is no heavy snowfall even though authorities would do best to conduct snow clearance activities at the might Zozila Pass separating the Kashmir and Ladakh region.
Earlier in another story it was declared that Manali – Leh Highway will also close on 31st, October 2010. More information can be found at: Manali – Leh Highway to close on October 31, 2010
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Srinagar, October 28
To ensure completion of winter stocks of essential commodities in Ladakh region, the Srinagar-Leh National Highway will now remain open for traffic till November 15, subject to fair weather.
According to an official spokesperson, this decision was taken at a meeting of Transport, Traffic and BRO officials held here today under the chairmanship of Minister for Transport and CA&PD Qamar Ali Akhoon.
The meeting decided that heavy vehicles would be allowed to ply on the National Highway alternately to and from Ladakh. Accordingly, the upward convoy to Ladakh would start on October 31. However, light vehicles would be allowed from both the sides during the period. Akhoon asked all departments to gear up their machinery for dispatch of remaining supply to the region before the road closer, so that people of the twin districts of Kargil and Leh do not suffer during the winter season.
The minister asked the beacon authorities to keep snow clearance machines at the Zojila Pass for effective clearance operation as and when require.
Source: Leh highway to remain open till Nov 15