Traffic on the NH 1 to be restored in a record time by March end despite heavy snow accumulation

In Ladakh, Project Vijayak Of Border Roads Organization is mandated to undertake snow clearance of over 600 Km of road stretch in Ladakh to open the lines of sustenance for troops and to provide succour to the local populace. This was informed by the Chief Engineer of Project Vijayak, Brigadier Amit Sohal through an official press release.

He said that Ladakh has remained cut off since 10 December last year after a heavy spell of early snowfall resulted in closure of Zojila. Other than the numerous critical military roads, the primary focus of snow clearance efforts of the Project is on the Zojila-Kargil-Leh (NH-1) road passing through the mighty Zojila pass.

The Chief Engineer said that through coordinated efforts with Project Beacon from the other side, it is hoped that traffic on the NH 1 will be restored in a record time by the end of March this year inspite of heavy snow accumulation.

Talking about the work in Zanskar region, he said that the teams of Project Vijayak are working towards opening up the road from Padam to Kilima, Padam to Shinkunla and from Wanla to Lingshed/Niraq across Singela. Early opening of these roads will facilitate recommencement of construction of the important Nimmu-Padam road (Zanskar Highway) and provide relief to the local population. All critical roads in the Indus, Nubra & Shyok valleys have already been opened to traffic.

With the relentless efforts of BRO for early opening of roads in the region, economic activities are likely to resume soon this year in the newly formed UT, giving a boost to the development efforts of the administration, Brigadier Amit added.