2020 Srinagar–Leh Road Status


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This is the official 2020 Srinagar – Leh Highway road status thread of BCMTouring. It will be updated regularly with latest updates of road status of Srinagar – Leh Highway and tentative opening dates of Zoji La. Make sure to subscribe to this thread to receive regular updates.

Srinagar - Leh Road Status: Closed.


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A suggestion: the title of this thread could be changed as 2020 Jammu-Srinagar-Leh Road [Including Mughal Road] Status so that all the updates of Mughal Road also could be accommodated in one thread. I know there is a separate thread available for Mughal Road. Instead of having two threads, all the information could be found in one thread.


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23 MARCH 2020 TO 1ST WEEK APRIL 2020.

Looks like the WD will finally reach us by late evening today, and bring more snowfall, and be in full force by midnight, and then from J&K it will spread to Ladakh, then Himachal, and also Uttarakhand,

Another WD following behind it, should reach us by 1st week April.

Not an issue for travel, as lock down has started
Wonder how the farmers will cope up, already financial crises is on,
and now this rain and snowfall will create problems for Wheat and Apple crop.

Srinagar-Leh highway opens partially to replenish essential supplies in Ladakh

A BRO official said the 425km road was closed in December last year due to heavy snow at Zojila pass.

Srinagar , April 11, 2020, 1:13 PM

UPDATED: April 11, 2020, 8:34 PM

Srinagar-Leh highway, a strategic road that connects Ladakh with the rest of the world, was thrown open on Saturday by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to carry essential commodities to the region despite the fresh snowfall in the Zojila pass, an official said.

A BRO official said the 425km road was closed in December last year due to heavy snow at Zojila pass.

As per the directions from Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, there was an emergent need to stockpile essential commodities in the Ladakh UT, he said.

“Keeping that in mind the Team of project Beacon cleared fresh snow at the Zojilla at 11500 ft and made the road motorable,” he added.

The BRO official said that about 18 oil tankers and other essential commodities have been allowed to move towards Leh / Ladakh from Zojilla pass.

This year, the official said, snowfall had broken all past records of the last one decade. The snow clearance operations were undertaken by project Beacon of BRO from Gagangir to zero point and the same was done by project Vijayak from Drass towards zero point.

Srinagar-Leh highway opens partially to replenish essential supplies in Ladakh | Greater Kashmir
ILP for Ladakh is suspended till further notice.

Leh DC office has suspended the issuance of Inner Line Permits for Ladakh region, for all tourists (Domestic/Foreigners) till any further notice.

No customers, highway eateries, dhabas miss taste of life
  • Posted: Aug 12, 2020 07:42 AM (IST)
  • Updated : 5 hours ago
No customers, highway eateries, dhabas miss taste of life

Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, August 11

Though most of the businesses have revived during the Covid unlock phase, the highway shops and dhabas are yet to get over the pandemic effect. In the wake of restrictions over interstate movement, the footfall in these dhabas is less than 15 per cent in most of the roadside dhabas. Some of the major highway restaurants in the region have not reopened so far. Even if they have, they wear a deserted look. The dhaba owners even laid off workers due to poor business.

Sukhbir Singh Shambu, owner of Gurdaspurian da Dhaba on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway, said, “We had three cooks and 12 workers to serve an average of 500 persons every day. After the lockdown, the business has almost evaporated. We are not willing to reopen as there is not much movement on the road. Even load carriers have not properly resumed their work.”
“I reopened the dhaba a few weeks back. It was the only way to run the households of cooks and workers. Now, I have only one cook and three workers. Hardly 50 persons visit us for food. Most of them are truck drivers. The earnings are not even sufficient for the salaries of the workers,” added Shambu.
Most of the dhaba owners have lost hope of the revival of business this year. Not even small dhabas, even the major branded theme restaurants witnessed low footfall and are not able to resume the function.
Sada Pind, a theme restaurant on the bypass road, could not resume its operation till date. Haveli, one of the major brands of highway dhabas, resumed its only restaurant at Manawala in Amritsar but the theme area and activities are still closed.
Dalvir Singh, production manager, Haveli, said, “We have reopened the only restaurant just with one- third occupancy. But the footfall is only 15 per cent. It will take time to revive. We have more than 225 workers and no one was laid off. The staff is on leave and management is paying them salary with a cut. We are trying to help them in this hour of crisis. The business would only resume with tourists. They are not visiting the Golden Temple. Similarly, the functions at Dera Beas are lying suspended.”

With the suspension of traffic at international border and retreat at Attari, the dhabas and restaurants on the Amritsar-Attari road are still lying shut and most of them have no plan to reopen the services till the cross border movement is resumed.
Aman Jaspal, owner of Sarhad, the food and culture park, said, “Tourists, who visit the Indo-Pak border to see the retreat ceremony, were the main customers at Sarhad. We are planning to reopen the restaurant but customers will not arrive till the tourism gains pace in Amritsar. Our restaurant is closed but we are paying salaries to the workers as it is the time to support them. The administration changes its decisions every week. So it is quite tough to suspend and resume the services again and again.”
The dhaba and restaurant owners are also worried about the changing perception of people about the dining out at restaurants. In case any worker tests positive at any restaurant and it is sealed, it would hit the image of the restaurant.

No customers, highway eateries, dhabas miss taste of life
On 2nd October 2020 NH44 shall remain closed for traffic in connection with urgent repair at multiple places from Banihal upto Nashri.General public and drivers are requested to postpone their journeys plans if any.Regards Shamsher Dy.SP traffic Banihal.