Heavy snow accumulation likely to delay Zojilla re-opening

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Srinagar, Mar 20: The re-opening of Sonamarg-Zojilla road, which remains closed since December last year, is likely to get delayed due to heavy snow accumulation, officials said on Wednesday.
The road was closed in December last year following heavy snowfall across the region.
The Border Road Organisation started the Zojila opening by March 5. However, the clearance operation is being affected by heavy accumulation of snow due to avalanches.
“Everywhere there are glaciers and threat of imminent snow avalanche on the road,” said an official, adding that in view the unprecedented snow accumulation it may take a more time to complete the snow clearance operation and opening of Leh road.
“Although the snow is too much this time and has broken the record of past many years, we are trying our best to open this axis at the earliest for the movement of traffic. We have deployed all our equipments and manpower for the same,” said Captain Shubham Sood.
He said that Beacon is putting best of its efforts on ground to open this axis for the people of Kashmir as well as Drass valley.
Col Mukesh, Cdr 32 BRTF, said that the BRO personnel are taking utmost precautions in views of threats of avalanche in the sector.
He said the clearance team had a narrow escape yesterday when a heavy avalanche struck in the sector trapping the snow cutters under it.