Snow clearance operation on Leh highway, Mughal road completed


Srinagar, Mar 28: The snow clearance operation on the national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic Mughal road has been completed and traffic will be allowed within next few days after remaining closed since December last year.
Meanwhile, only one-way traffic will continue on the national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, till further orders and vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Wednesday. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, a traffic police official said.
The snow clearance operation on Srinagar-Leh national highway, particularly between Sonamarg-Zojila-Meenmarg-Drass has been almost completed. However, at some places road widening work was in progress as vehicles had to pass through a big snow walls on both sides. Once the road damaged due to snow will be repaired, traffic will be allowed on the highway, which was closed since December last year due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
Meanwhile, authorities are allowing a number of vehicles, carrying essentials, for Leh and Kargil for the past few days.
However, people of Kargil alleged that despite clearance of snow, the authorities are deliberately not allowing traffic movement. They further demanded that despite very less snowfall this winter, the snow clearance operation from Sonmarg to Zojila was started very late. The centre has already sanctioned construction of tunnel at Zojila pass to making this strategically important road all weather road.
Officials said that snow clearance operation on 86-km-long historic Mughal road has been completed. Traffic on the road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region will be resumed in a couple of days provided there is no avalanche, they said adding road repair work is also in progress. The road was closed in December last year due to accumulation of snow.
Meanwhile, snow clearance operation was going on war footing on road, connecting dozens of far flung and remote villages, including border town of Gurez. The road was closed in January this year due to snowfall.