Sonamarg: The 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir Valley with the frontier region of Ladakh, was thrown open to vehicular traffic on Wednesday after remaining closed for more than 36 hours due to fresh snowfall.
Officials said that the traffic movement was suspended Monday night on the highway, however the traffic was restored from the both sides of the Zojila pass after improvement in the weather conditions Wednesday afternoon.
“After the weather turned favourable for traffic movement in Zojila area, all kinds of traffic were allowed to move from both sides of Aojila pass,” a traffic official told Kashmir Reader.
Around four inches of fresh snow accumulated at Zojila Pass and around half inch at Sonamarg.
Authorities however plan to halt the traffic movement during night hours as precautionary measures in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
Officials said that the higher reaches of the Ganderbal, including Sonamarg, Nilghart, Baltal, Zojila Pass on Srinagar -Leh highway received fresh spell of fresh snowfall on Wednesday morning.
Drass and Minamarg also received fresh snowfall.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu highway and Mughal road remained open for traffic with some restrictions, a traffic official said.
On the Srinagar-Jammu highway heavy vehicles were allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only.
Elsewhere in the valley, dozens of remote villages near the Line of Control (LoC), including border town of Keran, Tangdhar and Gurez were Wednesday cut off due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions in north Kashmir.
Official sources said the road between Kupwara to border town of Keran was closed due to four to six inches of snowfall. Similarly Kupwara-Tanghdar road was also closed due to snowfall, they said.
The border town Gurez was also cut off from district headquarter Bandipora due to snowfall.
Gurez received several inches of snowfall damaging fruit and other crops.