Zojila Pass on National Highway

Zojila Pass on National Highway 1D, known as Ladakh`s lifeline as it connects the region to the rest of country, reopened for vehicular traffic on April 6. The pass, which shuts down for about six with the onset of winter, opened 20 days earlier this year, compared to 2012, when it had opened on April 25. The clearing of the snow-bound stretch across the 11,600 foot high Zojila along the 434-km-long Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway was undertaken by personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highway. An army convoy was the first to navigate the pass, followed by civilian traffic.
Courtsey: IANS

Srinagar, Dec 3  Cold wave intensified further in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Friday as the minimum temperature continued to drop in the two union territories.

An official of the Meteorological Department (MeT) said that night temperatures dropped further today in J&K and Ladakh as the cold wave intensified further.

“Srinagar had minus 2.4, Pahalgam had minus 4.1 and Gulmarg minus 1.0 as the minimum temperature today.

“Drass town of Ladakh had minus 12.9, Leh minus 6.9 and Kargil minus 7.1 as the night’s lowest temperature.

“Jammu city had 10.0, Katra 10.9, Batote had 5.9, Banihal 1.8 and Bhaderwah 3.7 as the minimum.

“Rain in the plains and snow in the higher reaches is likely to occur during the next 48 hours due to a Western Disturbance (WD) that is approaching J&K and Ladakh”, the official said.

Source: IANS