Srinagar, May 13 (Scoop News)-The strategic 434 Km long Srinagar – Kargil – Leh National Highway (NH-1D) was thrown open to vehicular traffic today in a simple yet important ceremony presided by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, GOC Chinar Corps. Last year the highway was opened to vehicular traffic on the same day ie 13 May 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, GOC Chinar Corps complemented the Border Road Personnel (both from Project BEACON & VIJAYAK) on the timely opening of the road, braving adverse weather conditions in extremely difficult & risky terrain. He also lauded their effort in keeping the road opened for an extended period in the last season from 13 May 2014 to 12 Jan 2015 (by nearly one month beyond the normal period). This year, despite the heavy snowfall during Feb – Mar 2015 (caused due to the Westerly disturbance), the snow clearance operations commenced on 18 March 2015 and was completed in the first week of May 2015. This was followed up by trials for both light and heavy vehicles to ensure that the road was fit in all respects.
Full story at http://scoopnews.in/det.aspx?q=47064