Following the incessant rains in plains and fresh snowfall in the high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Drass and Pahalgam, the traffic authorities have closed the Mughal Road for vehicular traffic, while as the Srinagar Jammu highway has been thrown open for one way traffic on Saturday.
The weather spokesman said that the commuters are advised to confirm status of the road from Traffic Control Units at Srinagar, Ramban, Jammu, and PCR Jammu/Srinagar before starting journey on the NHW as chances of occurring of sudden landslides/shooting stones at vulnerable/landslide-prone areas during night hours cannot be ruled out.
Keeping in view the overall condition of the road, especially between Jawahar Tunnel and Ramban coupled with the narrow width of the NHW at some places. Therefore, subject to fair weather and good condition of the road, in order to facilitate the smooth movement of Darbar move convoy from Srinagar to Jammu, there shall be only one-way movement of LMVs/Passenger Vehicles on the National Highway from Srinagar to Jammu. However, the commuters are requested/advised to avoid traveling during night hours.
No movement of passenger/load carriers, and convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc. shall be allowed from opposite side in order to ensure smooth flow of traffic on the NHW/safety of passengers/Darbar Move employees.
Mughal road closed for movement of traffic due to snowfall. The decision regarding allowing the movement of traffic on Mughal road shall be taken after the road is cleared off by concerned road maintenance agency and after assessing weather/road condition itself.
An official earlier said, “We have closed the road for vehicular traffic due to slippery road conditions in view of the rains and snowfall.” The road will be re-opened once the weather conditions improve, the officer said.
A fresh spell of rainfall lashed the plains of Jammu and Kashmir while the higher reaches received moderate snowfall. “Widespread rainfall in the plains and moderate snowfall occurred in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir during the last 12 hours. Inclement weather is likely to continue during the next 24 hours,” an official from MeT said.
“Light to moderate rain is expected on plains, and snow at higher reaches at many places in Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said