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Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 may be saying closed as of now BUT this year owing to less snow in all over Himalayas, the 434 KM long Srinagar – Leh Highway is expected to open by end of March this year if weather holds up in coming days. There is only about 8-10 feet of snow between Baltal to Zojila this year and 2-3 feet between Sonamarg to Baltal …
So, all the adventure lovers out there preparing for the trip to Leh – Ladakh this year, gear up for a longer season of adventure in Ladakh as the Srinagar – Leh Highway is set to let you cruise it through by end of March or first week 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. So, do not rush into the highway as soon as the road is thrown open, wait for couple of weeks to let it stabilize …
As per the past years, I will be starting this sticky post for status of the 434 KM long Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 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 of such updates in time 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 2016 | 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 2016 after this initial post on DoW Blog, please stay tuned to the topic in DoW Community: Srinagar – Leh Highway Status 2016 | DoW Community Thread
Current Srinagar Leh Highway Status 2016 = OPEN | Updated: 30th Apr, 2016
- Srinagar to Sonamarg is Open
- Sonamarg to Zojila Pass to Kargil is Open
- Kargil to Leh is Open
Timings of Zojila Pass in 2016: 30th April 2016
- Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): up to 1 PM
- Drass to Sonamarg (light vehicles): after 1 PM
Srinagar Leh Highway | Important Articles
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = OPENED | Update Date: 30th April, 2016
Srinagar – Leh Highway is opened for Light vehicles now. The timings of movement for traffic are as, Drass to Sonamarg = up to 1 PM, Soamarg to Drass after 1 PM
Srinagar – Leh Highway Status = CLOSED | Update Date: 1st March, 2016
Snow clearance is full swing on Srinagar – Leh Highwayowing to less snow this year and is expected to open the highway by April starting this year.
Srinagar, March 1 2016: The strategic 434 km long Srinagar-Leh Highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with rest of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to open early this year.
The likely early opening of the road is mostly credited to less snowfall this year and the dry weather.
Beacon officials told Rising Kashmir that the snow clearance work on the highway was started on February 24 and is going on. The highway was closed in December last year following heavy snowfall. Border Roads Organization (BRO) officials said that the snow clearance operation from Gagengar to Gumri started on Wednesday, adding that the snow clearance operation will be completed by mid March and the road is expected to be thrown open by ending March.
Pertinently last year the road was officially opened on May 13.
Zojilla Pass on the highway which experiences heavy snowfall and remain closed for several months during winter is considered to be the most difficult and avalanche prone terrain. However this year due to the less snowfall during winters the road clearance operation in high swing it is likely to take less time to clear the as compared to previous years.
Reports said that nearly 8-10 ft of snow has accumulated along Zojila Pass while as 3-4 ft of snow along Sonamarg-Baltal road.
“The snow clearance work has been started and will be completed around mid march and the road is likely to be thrown open by ending March this year subject to good weather,” Chief Engineer Beacon, Brig A K Das told Rising Kashmir.
Braving the bone-chilling cold, BRO has pressed dozens of its workers and snow-cutters into service to clear the Zojilla Pass, Das said.
He said that the toughest work to clear snow remains the 30-km-long-stretch up to zero point of Zojilla from Sonamarg.
He said that if weather continues to support, the road is all set to open by March end this year.
Officials added that Project Beacon of Border Road Organization is responsible for clearing the road up to zero point near Zojilla from Sonamarg, while the Vijayak of BRO clears the road from the Kargil side.
External Source: Snow clearance operation on Sgr-Leh highway in full swing