Highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remains shut

Highway connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remains shut
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Srinagar: The highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, remained closed on Thursday due to landslides.
A traffic police official told UNI that traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway was suspended following landslides between Sonamarg in central Kashmir to Drass stretch since Tuesday afternoon.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides, he said.
Traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from the traffic police officials posted at different places and BRO, he added.
Meanwhile, a large number of Ladakh-bound vehicles, including trucks carrying essentials, were stranded at Sonamarg on the side of Zojila tunnel. Similarly, Kashmir-bound vehicles have been stopped at Drass and other places, official source said.
”We are allowing traffic since 0500 hrs every morning from Ladakh to Kashmir and vehicles from here to the other side of Zojila are being allowed to move,” he said.