Massive snow clearance operation launch by Border Road Organization in northern India
The strategic Zojila pass in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir has remained open despite heavy snowfall due to the relentless efforts of the BRO.
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The incident took place at Zojila pass on the Srinagar-Leh national highway in Kashmir on February 25.
Visuals showed more than 20 heavy-duty plant equipment were employed to keep the axis open.
BRO ‘Karmyogis’, with their relentless effort under ‘Project Beacon’, facilitated connectivity to Ladakh region by ensuring that the Zojila pass remained open despite heavy snowfall, the official said.
Zojila, which falls on the Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road, is located at an elevation of 11,643 feet and serves as the lifeline between the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, the official said.
“Last year, Zojila Pass was kept open till January 3. This year once again due to the concerted efforts of Project Beacon, the Zojila Pass was kept open for the first time ever till January 6,” he said.
“Freezing temperatures of up to negative 20 degrees Celsius, insufficient oxygen, high winds and blizzards and frequent avalanches in this terrain did not deter the BRO karma yogis, who despite all odds, ensured unhindered movement of vehicles across Zojila Pass in the current winter season,” he added.