Srinagar-Leh Highway, Mughal Road Closed After Snowfall

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Srinagar- The Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Ladakh with Kashmir valley and Mughal road were again closed on Monday due to fresh snowfall, officials said.

Traffic on the highway was suspended this morning as there was fresh snowfall, the officials said, adding that few inches of snowfall was recorded at Drass, Meenmarg and about eight inches at Zojila pass.

The road has become very slippery and there is also threat of avalanche, they said adding snow clearance operation will be launched once the snow stops.

The highway was recently reopened for traffic after remaining closed for four days due to snowfall and slippery road conditions.

The highway remains closed during winter months due to heavy snowfall.

The Centre has also started construction of a tunnel at Zojila pass to make it all weather road.
Meanwhile, historic Mughal road was closed on Monday, a traffic police official said.

The historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region has been closed for traffic due to fresh snowfall.
Traffic on the road was recently restored after remaining suspended for four days due to snowfall.

‘We closed the road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway, because of fresh snowfall since early this morning’, said a traffic official.

There was heavy snowfall at Dubjan, he said, adding that snowfall was also recorded at Pir-ki-Gali, Herpora and other areas on the road.

The road was being used to transport fresh fruit from Kashmir valley to different mandis, including Jammu after frequent closure of the highway this summer.

Traffic will be resumed only after weather improves and a green signal is received from traffic police civil administration official posted at different places on the road, which remained closed for about six winter months due to heavy snowfall.

However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was through for traffic even as it was snowing around the Jawahar Tunnel and raining at several places along the highway.

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