Leh, Mughal Road still closed

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/8/2019 2:21:38 PM

SRINAGAR, Dec 7: The national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley and 86-km-long historic Mughal road remained closed today due to slippery road conditions though snow clearance operations had been completed.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for traffic on Saturday.
Snow clearance operation has almost been completed on the highway between Sonamarg, Zojila, Captain Morh. However, due to minus 15 degree to 20 degree temperature, particularly during the night, the road has become slippery which could result in accidents.
The highway, the only road connecting UT Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed for six months during winter due to below freezing temperature and accumulation of ten feet to 15 feet snow, particularly at Zojila pass. The Government of India (GoI) has already approved a tunnel at Zojila to make it all weather road.
Earlier, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, was authorized to close the highway during winter. However, after Ladakh became UT, administration from both sides—Ladakh and Kashmir—will have to take a decision to close the highway.
Though snow clearance operation has been completed on the Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, traffic could not be resumed because of slippery road conditions. Traffic on the road, which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway, was suspended on November 6 after heavy snowfall.
Due to below freezing temperature during the night, the road surface remained frozen due to which it was very slippery, particularly in Pir-ki-Gali area this morning, a traffic police official told media this morning.
We allowed Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic from Srinagar and Jammu on Saturday. However, LMVs from Kashmir will have to cross the Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, before 1000 hrs, he said adding no LMV will be allowed after the dead line.
He said Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will ply from Srinagar to Jammu only and no HMV will be allowed from opposite direction.



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