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Over 500 passengers airlifted as highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remains shut

Srinagar: The national highway, connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley remained closed since January Ist, 2021 due to snow and avalanches, a traffic police official said.

Meanwhile, 545 passengers were airlifted from Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and Kargil in Ladakh during the past 24 hours, officials told UNI on Wednesday.

They said 131 passengers were today airlifted from Jammu to Leh in two shuttles of C 130 and 85 passengers from Srinagar to Leh in one shuttle of C 130 aircraft.

They said 174 passengers were airlifted from Srinagar to Leh and 155 from Jammu to Leh in two shuttles each on Tuesday.

A traffic official told UNI today that traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway remained suspended due to fresh avalanches and snowfall between Sonamarg and Zojila pass.

He said the Beacon personnel have already started snow clearance operation which may still take few days.

Meanwhile, there is a forecast for fresh wet weather from Saturday in the region.

The highway which was closed from January Ist this year was put through for traffic on February 28 after Beacon cleared the accumulated now. However, the highway was again closed immediately after there were fresh snowfall and avalanches at several places on Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds of passengers, stranded at Kargil, Jammu and Srinagar were airlifted after authorities operated the Kargil Courier service this winter.

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