Srinagar-Leh highway closed till further orders

Srinagar, Nov 22: The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was closed till further orders to avoid any accident as the road has become very slippery due to below freezing temperature, officials said here on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, traffic on national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country and historic 86-km-long Mughal road are through for one-way traffic only.
Traffic on the national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was allowed today, a traffic police official said. However, he said, only stranded vehicles were allowed.
Officials said that a order was issued by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to suspend traffic on the highway till further orders. The step has been taken as the road has become very slippery, they added.
Traffic was allowed yesterday in the morning after remaining suspended for two days due to heavy snowfall and slippery road conditions. However, traffic was suspended after few hours after road again became slippery in the afternoon due to sub-zero temperature.
About 100 vehicles got stranded at Zojila, he said adding today stranded vehicles were being allowed to move towards their respective destinations.
No fresh vehicles were allowed, he said adding only after all stranded vehicles, mostly trucks were cleared.
Official sources said the highway will soon be closed for winter months as the road condition is not suitable for movement of traffic. “We can’t keep the highway open under such conditions when there is a threat of accidents.
Only one-way traffic is being allowed on Srinagar-Jammu national highway to avoid any major traffic jam and accident as road widening and repair was going on at several places.
On Thursday traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu only and no vehicle, including security force convoy, was allowed from opposite direction, he said adding HMVs were allowed from 1400 hrs to 2400 hrs.
The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was also through for one-way traffic. He said traffic will ply from Rajouri and Poonch towards Shopian and no vehicle was allowed from opposite direction.