Snow, rains disrupt vehicular movement on Srinagar Jammu highway, Mughal road

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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.

The spokesman said that the movement of passenger vehicles(LMVs) on the Jammu- Srinagar NHW shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) towards Srinagar after 0400 hours up to 1500 hours and shall be cross Jakheni (Udhampur) up to 1700 hours.

A fresh snowfall in Kashmir and Ladakh, on November 1, 2018. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

No movement of any passenger vehicle shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) after 1500 hours and from Jakheni (Udhampur) after 1700 hours to avoid congestion on the NHW/ safety of the passengers. However, the commuters are requested/advised that avoid traveling during night hours.

A fresh snowfall in Kashmir and Ladakh on November 1, 2018. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Similarly the movement of (HMVs) Load Carriers/PSV (like buses, Sleeper coach etc.) Shall be one way only. Tomorrow on 02.11.2018 movement of these vehicles shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu only after the tail of Up convoy crosses Jawahar tunnel/Zig and there from it shall be regulated. These vehicles shall not be allowed to halt between Jawahar Tunnel to Nashree Tunnel .

In case of adverse weather/road condition, the decision regarding the movement of traffic or otherwise on NHW shall be taken by the concerned SSP Traffic on the spot as per the situation.

The Mughal road- connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district was closed on Thursday afternoon following the inclement weather.

Fresh snowfall in Kargil on November 1, 2018. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

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 on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

“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 48 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.

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