Srinagar-Leh NH reopens

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Mar 25 : The strategic 434-kilometre Srinagar-Leh Highway was reopened today.
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The traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Leh after remaining closed for around 80 days.
The decision to open the highway was taken at a meeting co-chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole and Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas earlier this week.
The meeting had decided that only light vehicles shall ply initially on the highway on the pattern of odd-even basis.
The one way traffic from Srinagar to Leh shall ply on odd days while from Leh to Srinagar traffic will ply on even days. From next week there shall be no movement of transport on Fridays.
The cut off time for vehicles from Kashmir side shall remain 6 am at Sonamarg, Ganderbal side and 8:30 am from Kargil side at Meenamarg.
The meeting had also decided to establish health check-up centers, establishment of joint control room, traffic check posts, positioning of recovery vans and operation of weight bridges to restrict overloading of vehicles besides allow movement of only anti-skid chained vehicles.