Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens partially, Mughal road remains closed

Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens partially, Mughal road remains closed
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Srinagar, Nov 4: Traffic was partially restored and stranded vehicles were being allowed to move towards their respective destinations on 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country which was closed for any traffic movement due to snowfall and landslides, triggered by rain since Saturday evening.
The historic 86-km-long historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, also remained shut for the fourth day today due to snowfall and slippery road conditions.
Meanwhile, over 1000 passengers and truckers, were rescued on Kashmir highway, Mughal road and Srinagar-Leh national highway during the past 24 hours.
A traffic official said that traffic on the Kashmir highway was suspended on Saturday morning following landslides, triggered by rain, at several places between Ramban and Ramsu.
However, he said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides and put through the traffic. Traffic was allowed for some time from Srinagar to Jammu only. Traffic was again suspended due to fresh landslides and snowfall, he said adding efforts are going on to put through the highway again.
We allowed stranded vehicles, particularly those carrying passengers, to move towards their respective destinations after the landslides were cleared, he said adding normal traffic movement will be allowed after all the stranded vehicles are cleared.
Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for Kashmir and fruits from here to mandis across the country are still stranded on the highway.
Since the NHAI is working for construction of four-lane road, only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway badly affecting export of fruits from here and imports of essentials for different parts of the country.
Traffic police officials said the historic Mughal road remained closed for the fourth day on Sunday due to several feet snowfall and slippery road condition. Nothing can be said when the road will reopen since there is heavy snowfall and road also remained slippery due to below freezing point temperature during the night.
Meanwhile, the Ladakh region remained cut off from Kashmir valley for the fourth day on Sunday due closure of 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway following fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours, a traffic police official said.
He said there was fresh snowfall during the night and traffic remained suspended on Sunday also.
Due to accumulation of several feet of snow, which has also frozen at several places due to sub zero temperature, the road has become slippery, he said adding the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men on the job to put through the highway. However, traffic will be resumed only after weather and road condition improves, he said.
Meanwhile, large number of Ladakh bound vehicles, particularly trucks carrying essential commodities and oil tankers, are stranded at Sonamarg in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal since Thursday. Similarly, Kashmir bound empty trucks and oil tankers are stranded at several places, including Drass, Kargil and Meenmarg on other side of the Zojila.
No traffic will be allowed on the highway until a green signal is received from traffic police officials posted at different places and BRO since there is now threat of avalanches, he said.
We are allowing Kashmir bound traffic in the morning and vehicles from here to other side of the Zojila pass are allowed in the afternoon to avoid traffic jam, particularly in Zojila area.
However, authorities claimed that enough stock of essential commodities, medicines, petrol, diesel and LPG cylinders have been stocked in Ladakh region for winter months.