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Srinagar-Leh national highway to open by March 31

PTI  Srinagar, March 20, 2013
First Published: 15:08 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:10 IST(20/3/2013)

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.

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"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.


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