Jammu: Ladakh region’s 434-km strategic Srinagar-Leh national highway, which is mostly buried under thickayer of snow, was opened for traffic after five months on Monday.

Lt General SA Hasnain, Commander of 15 Corps, announced the opening of Srinagar-Leh Highway at the Zero Point, Zojilla Pass.

Since the highway has been reopened after its annual closure due to heavy snowfall in December, plenty of adventure seekers and tourists will now be able to navigate through the treacherous terrain.

Waiting for the tourist season in the Valley, the state government of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to abolish toll tax on the highway.

Transport Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon said, “After getting exemptions in toll tax the highway will be able to attract maximum tourists during the season, and it will also add up to state’s coffers.