SRINAGAR: In first, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) extended access to the Zojila pass, which links the Union Territory of Ladakh with Jammu and Kashmir, beyond December 31.

Vehicles plying on Srinagar-Leh highway. Pic: Army

Zojila pass is located at an altitude of 11,649 ft. The BRO achieved this feat through its frontline projects Vijayak and Beacon.

Last year, the access was extended till December 31, 2020. The BRO said it embarked on the journey to better its own record by reorganising and adding a few more snow clearance detachments and equipment.

Ladakh administration and the locals lauded the efforts that this additional window reduces the logistic burden on the UT administration and helps the local inhabitants to stock additional rations and supplies to brave the harsh winters.

In the first three days of 2022, about 178 vehicles have been able to transit through the pass by the collective assistance of the BRO and police personnel. The numbers are considered significant because with the temperatures plummeting to -20 degree centigrade, the road is subject to extreme frosting with blizzard-like conditions, which can lead to accidents.

Thus, besides snow clearance, the axis is subjected to maintenance on a daily basis to keep the traffic on the road-going.


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