Ganderbal, Dec 10: The 434-km- Srinagar-Leh highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, has been officially closed from Sunday for winter months to avoid any accident following slippery road conditions due to blow freezing temperature.
“We have closed the highway from today as per orders by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir,” traffic police sources said.
They said the road has become very slippery particularly at Zojila, Meenmarg, Zero-Point, India Gate and other places, where the mercury remained below minus during the night and sub zero during the day.The mercury would witness further drop during the coming winter days.
Authorities across the Kashmir valley have geared up all resources to meet any challenge following prediction of moderate to heavy rain and snow in the state from Monday for next few days. The Srinagar-Leh national highway has been closed for winter months, a traffic police official said.
“We have withdrawn all our personnel deployed on the highway between Sonamarg and Drass, on other side of the Zojila pass to regulate traffic,” he said.
The official said that traffic police and local administration on both sides of the Zojila had made all efforts to clear vehicles to their respective destinations before closing it officially from today. The highway remains closed between Sonamarg to Meenmarg Drass because of ten to 15 feet of snowfall during winter.
Meanwhile, the highway, remains closed from about four to five months every year.