After remaining cut off from the rest of the world for at least five months, the Srinagar- Leh highway was reopened for vehicular traffic on Sunday.
The 443 km (275 miles) long highway was opened for the season after remaining snow at Zojila Pass, some 3,530 metres (11,581 feet) above sea level, had been cleared.
Reports said that Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, Commander of the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps of the Army, flagged off the re-opening of the highway in the presence of senior civil and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials.
An official said that vehicles, including those of the forces and trucks carrying essential supplies to Ladakh, were allowed to move on the highway after it was formally declared open.
The highway connects the state’s Ladakh region with the Kashmir Valley through the Zojila Pass situated at 11,575 feet above sea-level.