Ganderbal: Traffic on the 434-km-long national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir was resumed for heavy vehicles after remaining closed for traffic due to snowfall on late Friday evening.
Officials said that after the hectic efforts of traffic department, the traffic movement for heavy vehicles was allowed on Srinagar Leh highway that remained suspended for three consecutive days.
At least 180 light motor vehicles and around 186 heavy vehicles besides an army convey passed the tough icy and slippery stretch of Zojila safely and moved on the highway from Kargil to Srinagar .
Officials said that a team of traffic officials headed by SSP traffic reached t Zojila area and after hectic efforts restored movement of the dozens of vehicles trapped in the Zojila area.
Meanwhile, the Mughal Road, the alternative link between Kashmir and Jammu region remained closed for the third day on Monday due to slippery conditions owing to fresh snowfall as night temperature in Jammu continued the downward spiral.
Last night, the minimum temperature here settled at three degrees below normal, MeT department officials said.
The Mughal Road, which connects Poonch in Jammu with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was closed on Friday evening after high-altitude areas, including Peer Ki Gali, along the road received over two feet of snow.
“The road remained closed for the third day due to inclement weather. An effort was made and one-way traffic was allowed from Shopian to Poonch around 2.30 pm today, but fresh snowfall forced closure of the road again,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Sheikh Mohammad Aslam said.
He said all the 70 vehicles which left Shopian, were asked to return and there was no vehicle stranded on the road.
“The snowfall was not the problem but the slippery conditions prevailing around high altitude Peer Ki Gali forced closure of the road for the third day,” the official said.
The authorities are monitoring the weather and a decision to reopen the road would be taken tomorrow, he said.
A spokesperson of the MeT department said the minimum temperature in Jammu city was 8.7 degrees Celsius as against 9.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Weather will remain mostly dry in Jammu region where the maximum temperature registered an upward trend after plummeting six degrees below normal on November 15, the day when the over two-month-long dry spell ended in the state, he said.
Jammu city recorded a high of 22.3 degrees Celsius yesterday, which was four notches below normal during this time of the year.