Traffic resumes on Kashmir highway, Mughal road remain closed

Traffic resumes on Kashmir highway, Mughal road remain closed

Srinagar: Traffic resumed on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Tuesday after remaining suspended since last evening due to landslides.

The historic 86-km-long Mughal road remained closed for the second day.

‘We have just allowed Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) from Srinagar to Jammu after receiving green signal,’ a traffic police official told UNI.

He said traffic on the highway, the only all weather road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was suspended last evening due to landslides. However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides.

He said subject to weather and road conditions, Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) traffic will be allowed from here to Jammu from 1400 hrs till 2400 hrs, he said.

However, he said, no traffic, including security force convoy, will be allowed from opposite direction.

He said traffic on Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained suspended for the second day today due to fresh snowfall.

He said due to fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours, the Mughal road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, remained closed for any traffic movement from both sides.

There was moderate to heavy snowfall on the road forcing authorities to suspend traffic movement on the road, where there was already white walls of snow on both sides.

‘We were allowing only one-way traffic on the road which remained slippery in the morning and evening,’ he said, adding that fresh snowfall was received at Pir Ki Gali.

The road remained closed for six winter months due to heavy snowfall. The Centre and state governments have already agreed to construct a tunnel to make it an all weather road.

Large number of vehicles are stranded on both sides of the road.


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