Central Kashmir: Srinagar-Leh highway remains closed due to snowfall

Srinagar: The Ladakh region remained cut off from Kashmir valley for the third day on Saturday due to 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 Saturday also.

Due to the accumulation of snow, 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.

A large number of Ladakh-bound vehicles, particularly trucks carrying essential commodities and oil tankers, have been stopped 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 another side of the Zojila.

‘We are allowing Kashmir-bound traffic in the morning and vehicles from here to another side of the Zojila pass are allowed in the afternoon to avoid the traffic jam, particularly in Zojila area,’ he added.


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