It is almost last week of March 2013 and snow clearance operation over 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway are in full swing for the season 2013 – 14. This time snow stock is huge due to abundant snowfall as compared to last year and BRO has deployed highly sophisticated machinery over the highway to complete this snow clearance operation as soon as possible and resume road connectivity to Leh – Ladakh. Good news is that, first reports have come in from BRO and the claims by BRO to open Srinagar Leh Highway by last day of March 2013 i.e. 31st March, 2013 seems a bit optimistic and alot will depend upon weather in coming weeks. But, who knows we are in for a surprise this year 🙂 …
As per the earlier years, I will be starting this sticky post for status of the 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway which so many adventure lovers await every year. 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 31st March 2013. I will keep on updating the below article with updates and news on snow clearance of Srinagar Leh Highway in the coming months. 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(as 1 or 2 readers complained last year), 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 road status.
For your convenience, latest updates on Srinagar Leh Highway will remain at the top followed by older updates. 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.
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Updated: 17th April, 2013
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
- Kargil to Leh is Open
- Sonamarg to Zozila Pass to Kargil is Open
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Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 17th April, 2013
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 16th April, 2013
Srinagar, April 17 2013: – Snowfall in the high altitude areas and heavy rains in plains today brought down the mercury across the Kashmir Valley, forcing the denizens to look for woolens once again for warmth.
The snowfall and the rains also prompted the authorities to suspend vehicular traffic on 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway – the only road linking frontier region of Ladakh with the state, while the traffic on arterial Srinagar-Jammu road remained unaffected, officials said.
It started snowing in the higher reaches of the Valley, including the 11,578 ft high Zojila pass along the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway late last night followed by heavy rains across Kashmir including summer capital Srinagar in the wee hours, they said.
The highway was thrown open for light vehicles earlier this month after remaining closed for winter months due to heavy snowfall.
Reports of snowfall was also received from peripheral areas of the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, Razdan pass, Z-Gali and Sadna top in north and Amarnath cave shrine and adjoining areas in the periphery of famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, the officials said.
Rains and snow also lashed Pahalgam and Gulmarg. While Pahalgam recorded 44.8 mm rain and snow during the last 24 hours till 2.30 pm, Gulmarg recorded 28.0 mm of rains and snow by 8.30 am today, a spokesman of the MET office said.
He said Srinagar recorded 38.4 mm rains during the last 24 hours till 2.30 PM today, while Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded 30.2 mm rains and Kupwara 30.5 mm.
The snowfall in the upper reaches and heavy rains in the plains led the mercury to drop across the Valley, prompting the residents to wear woolens which they have discorded earlier this month owing improvement in the temperatures.
The heavy rains led to increase in the water level of rivers, lakes, ponds and streams but there was no threat of immediate floods in the Valley, the officials said.
However, the drop in the temperatures caused concern among the farming community, especially orchardists, who fear the change in the weather might affect their crops particularly almond and cherry which are in full bloom.
The rains have also resulted in water-logging in many parts of the city, especially in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and surrounding areas.
External Source: Kashmir Valley receives snowfall, heavy rains
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 7th April, 2013
Srinagar Leh Highway has opened for light vehicles. Read more below:
Srinagar, April 7 2013: – After remaining closed for more than four months, Srinagar – Leh Highway was thrown open for light motor vehicles Saturday afternoon.
The 434 KM long strategic highway, closed as per routine in November last year from Sonamarg onward due to snowfall, was reopened after hectic efforts by Border Roads Organization and Vijayak Road Construction in a record time.
The road opening ceremony was attended by Chief Engineer BRO, R K Sharma; DC Kargil, Fida Hussain; Chief Executive Councilor Kargil, Haji Amir Ali; Army officials and other dignitaries of civil and defense administration.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, DSP Traffic Ganderbal, Muhammad Zahid said about 100 vehicles reached Sonamarg from Ladakh till afternoon after which about 175 vehicles moved from Sonamarg towards Ladakh which passed Zoji La safely.
SHO Sonamarg Mir Afaq told Greater Kashmir that heavy vehicles would be allowed on the highway within a week as the authorities are assessing the road condition and the situation depends on weather..
External Source: Srinagar – Leh Highway Highway reopens for LMVs
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 2nd April, 2013
Srinagar Leh Highway may open on 5th April 2013 for light vehicles if weather holds good in coming days. Read more below:
Srinagar, April 1 2013: – To facilitate the people of Leh-Kargil region and to take stock of the efforts being made regarding the snow and landslide clearance for the opening of the Ladakh National Highway, the Minister of State for Science and Information Technology, Health, Education and Medical Education, Feroz Ahmad Khan today visited Captain Mode at Zojila here today and took stock of the arrangements being made for the opening of the said National Highway for the traffic. Among others, Chief Executive Councillor, Kachoo Ahmad Ali and District Development Commissioner, Kargil, Fida Hussain also accompanied.
The Minister was informed that the snow and landslides have been cleared on the Ladakh National Highway and is safe for plying of traffic. Earlier, the Minister also made threadbare discussions with the Chief Engineer, Beacon, R.K. Sharma and it was given out that the road shall be thrown open on April 05, 2013 for light motor vehicles in case the weather conditions are conducive for the plying of traffic. The Minister appreciated the efforts of Beacon authorities and VIJ besides the district administration Ganderbal and traffic authorities for expediting the clearance of snow and landslides from the Ladakh National Highway.
Feroz also interacted with the tourists at Sonamarg and enquired about the facilities being made available to them. He enjoined upon the people of the area to be hospitable to the tourists besides directed the administration and traffic authorities to streamline the traffic system to facilitate the people of the area besides the visiting tourists. Several deputations also called on the Minister and put forth their demands and grievances. The Minister gave them a patient hearing and assured them that their genuine demands shall be looked into on priority. Among others, Chief Executive Officer, Science and Technology, Muzaffar Ahmad Malik, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Ashiq Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, Ganderbal, Sonaullah, Tehsildar Kangan, G.A. Malla besides several officers accompanied the Minister.
External Source: Ladakh highway to be thrown open on April 5 for light vehicles
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 31st March, 2013
Vegetables arrived in Leh over Zoji-La from Kashmir a couple of days ago! It’s only ponies so far, of course, but that usually means the vehicles will come through in a week or two.
But then today the sky was dark all day, and there was actually loud thunder in the afternoon, which I haven’t heard since the floods of 2010… So there may have been snow on the passes…
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 20th March, 2013
Am just back from my minor ‘recce’ of Sonamarg this noon… yes there are heaps of snow everywhere in Sonamarg which is just 22kms from the dreaded ZojiLa Pass, average snow lying around now at Sonamarg is 6feet to 20feet & the good sign is that it is showing signs of melting… it is a bright sunny day today with clear blue sky and noon temperature was a comfortable 12’C at Sonamarg. Dal Lake is now 14’C as per my Coghlan outdoor thermometer.
I had a few words with BEACON officials at Sonamarg, who are doing the ground-job of clearing the road of snow at ZojiLa… as per BEACON’s weather forecast, the coming week is going to be a smooth affair with no snowfall and the Beacon & BRO are sure to open ZojiLa by 1st April if not 31stMarch. I saw Beacon using dumpers to dump out snow from the roads into the Sindh River.
At the first sight of my Enfield the J&K police at Sonamarg thought I wanted to ride towards Leh and they stopped me to convey the regret… I have found the J&K police helpful and assisting in my weeklong stay till date 🙂
Source: Thanks for the live updates below by Sushil K Pingua
Srinagar Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 12th March, 2013
SRINAGAR, 20th March 2013: The Srinagar-Leh National Highway will be re-opened for vehicular traffic by the end of this month, almost a month ahead of schedule, officials said today.
“The Srinagar – Leh National Highway is being opened to vehicular traffic by March 31 — much earlier as compared to previous years,” said a spokesman of Border Roads Organisation which manages the highway.
“Sophisticated machines have been deployed for clearing snow along with experienced engineers and skilled operators and labourers to make the highway suitable for vehicular traffic by the end of this month,” he said.
The 434-km highway, the only road linking the frontier region of Ladakh with the rest of the state, remains closed during winter months due to snowfall and snow avalanche in the Zojila area.
Last year, the arterial road was opened on April 26.
External Source: Srinagar – Leh National Highway to open by March 31