Raja Syed Rather
Ganderbal, Feb 8: Snow clearance operation is in full swing at the Zojjila Pass after snowfall blocked the Srinagar-Leh Highway road.
Heavy machinery has been pressed into service in collaboration with the Border Roads Organization.
Another significant road affected by the recent snowfall is the route from Ranga to Domail in Sonamarg, where the Border Roads Organization (BRO) authorities have initiated snow clearance operations. The BRO is actively engaged in deploying heavy machinery to clear the snow from the said road.
An official said that Beacon started clearing snow from Zojila and Minimarg Shatan Nallah.
The Srinagar-Ladakh road was closed by the authorities as a precaution following last Saturday’s significant snowfall.
After the recent snowfall on Zojila Pass, an official informed that they have put in 300 snow cutters, 2 dozers, 1 EX 200, 3 excavators and 90 workers to clear the road. “We continuously monitor the amount of urea and salt. Our goal is to go via the Zojila Pass as quickly as we can,” he said.
“The snow is drifting because of the strong wind. Even though we have connected both ends, the path is frequently covered in snow,” he added.
A labourer said that they are facing many challenges while clearing the road including heavy winds yet they are working to clear the road.