Srinagar:Fresh snowfall in the high altitude areas on Wednesday forced closure of 434-km strategic Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal road connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.
The roads linking the border towns of Gurez in Bandipora district and Karhnah and Tangdhar in Kupwara district were also closed, while the traffic on Jammu-Srinagar national highway was restricted to one-way and only Srinagar-bound vehicles were allowed on this highway this morning, the traffic department officials said.
The upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg experienced snowfall overnight under the influence of Western Disturbance which hit the region and is likely to remain active till morning of December 14, bring moderate and heavy snowfall and rains especially on Thursday and Friday.
Srinagar-Leh national highway, Mughal Road, Bandipora-Gurez and Kupwara-Tangdhar-Karnah roads were closed on Wednesday morning following fresh snowfall at various places along these vital roads, the officials said.
All these roads usually remain closed during winter months due to heavy snowfall.
They said the snowfall is continuing along Sonamarg-Zojilla axis on Srinagar-Leh highway, the only road linking Kashmir with Ladakh, Pir Ki Gali and adjoining areas along Mughal road, Razdan top and Sadna top in north Kashmir’s Bandipora and Kupwara districts.
Srinagar-Leh national highway and Mughal roads were cleared for one-way traffic only on December 8 after remaining closed for several weeks following heavy snowfall in November.
The officials said the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, remain open but the traffic was restricted to one-way.
Only Srinagar-bound vehicles were allowed to move on the highway, they said.
The traffic is playing alternatively on the highway from the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar since December 9, a practice which comes into force during winter to allow smooth passage of vehicles in the wake of the ongoing four-laning project.
One-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway
The Srinagar-Jammu highway was through for one-way traffic on Wednesday.
A Traffic Police official said that only vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar were allowed to ply on the highway on Wednesday.
He said that Jammu bound light motor vehicles would be allowed to proceed from Srinagar on Thursday.
However, light motor vehicles from Srinagar to Jammu would be allowed to ply on the road from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm, and heavy motor vehicle will play 5pm onwards, no vehicles would be allowed from opposite direction.