Zojila Day was commemorated at Zojila War Memorial near Drass on November 1.

 

Details

  • It aims to celebrate the gallant action by Indian troops in ‘Operation Bison’ in 1948 which was launched on the icy heights of Zojila pass, the gateway to Ladakh.
  • This day marked the Indian Army’s historic win over the Pakistani regulars and infiltrators, and helped recapture the strategic Zojila Pass.
  • This battle was also historic for the reason that tanks were used for the first time at such heights.

 

About the ‘Zojila Pass’

  • Zojila is a pass connecting the Kashmir Valley with the cold Indus valley desert in Ladakh region through the 434-km strategic Srinagar-Leh National Highway.
  • It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 metres (11,575 ft), and is the second highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway after Fotu La.
  • It is often closed during winter. The Beacon Force unit of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is responsible for its clearing and maintenance during Winter.