Srinagar, Oct 17: The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir, was closed on Wednesday due to fresh snowfall since early this morning and slippery road conditions, a traffic police official said here.
However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and historic Mughal road are through for traffic with some restrictions on traffic movement.
”We have suspended traffic movement on the Srinagar-Leh national highway due to slippery road conditions following three to six inches of fresh snowfall at different places, including Zojila pass and Meenmarg,”
The road is slippery so no vehicle was allowed from either side of Zojila, he added.
”We are monitoring the road condition,” he said, adding traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from the officials posted at different places on the highway.
He said Kashmir-bound traffic is being allowed from Drass, Kargil early in the morning for Sonmarg in central Kashmir. Similarly, traffic from here to other side of the Zojila is allowed in the afternoon.
The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road, was through for traffic, he said.
Today Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only. No HMV will be allowed from opposite direction, he said, adding that similarly, Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar.
Concerned over frequent road accidents and blockades at various stretches and also keeping in view the current fruit season, winter supplies and movement of general public during the ensuing ‘darbar move’, a high-level meeting was recently held.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir were directed to launch a special drive for removal of encroachments while exploring suitable options for creating way side amenities along the National Highway for convenience of the commuters.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir was also asked to hold a meeting with the Chief Engineer R&B, Kashmir for addressing the issues on the 5-6 km stretch of Mughal road so that traffic can move on it without any encumbrances and for its use as an alternate road to the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.