Leh, Mughal road remains closed, Kashmir highway open

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The Srinagar Ladakh highway, the only road connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, and the 86-km-long historic Mughal road remained closed for the fourth day on Thursday due to landslides and snowfall while 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway was through for both-way traffic for light vehicles.

The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highway remained closed for traffic following avalanche and snowfall at several places, including Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia. There was fresh snowfall at several places on the highway, including at Sonmarg, Zojila and Meenmarg during the past 48 hours. The BRO has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway.

The Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch also remained closed for the fourth day today on Thursday.

The authorities have already started work to remove the landslides and open the road. But, he said, traffic on the road will be resumed only after receiving green signal, he said. However, only one-way traffic will be allowed to ply on the road which is still narrow at some places as huge snow walls could be seen on both sides of the road.

Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway was plying from both sides for Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) despite rain during the past 24 hours.

Traffic is plying normally on the highway today also, he said adding that Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV) will continue to ply from only one-way. Today HMVs will ply from Srinagar to Jammu and no HMV will be allowed from opposite direction, he said. But, he said, passengers, drivers and truckers, are requested to contact TCUs in Srinagar, Jammu and other places before undertaking the journey on the highway.(UNI)

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