One-Way Traffic On Ladakh Highway

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Srinagar- The divisional administration in Valley on Tuesday announced reopening of Srinagar-Ladakh highway for one way traffic from March 25 after a closure of nearly 73 days due to winters.

The decision to allow traffic on the strategic 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway was taken in a meeting between Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole and Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas on Tuesday, an official spokesperson said.

The meeting, he said, decided to open Srinagar-Leh National Highway for traffic from March 25 with movement of vehicles from Srinagar to Leh on the same day. He said the meeting also decided that only light vehicles shall ply initially on the highway on the pattern of odd-even basis.

On the occasion, Div Com Kashmir said that one way traffic from Srinagar to Leh shall ply on odd days while from Leh to Srinagar traffic will ply on even days.

He added that from next week there shall be no movement of transport on Fridays.

The cut off time for vehicles from Kashmir side shall remain 6 am at Sonmarg, Ganderbal side and 8:30 am from Kargil side at Meenamarg.

The meeting further decided to establish health check up centers, establishment of joint control room, traffic check posts, positioning of recovery vans, operation of weight bridges to restrict overloading of vehicles besides allow movement of only antiskid chained vehicles.

Regarding any advisory of weather and avalanche, concerned officers were asked to share information on a daily basis.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Ganderbal and Kargil Chief Engineers of R&B, MED, BEACON & VIJAYAK; Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir; SSP Kargil, SSP Ganderbal, SSP Traffic Ladakh, DSP Traffic Rural Kashmir and Executive Director NHIDCL.

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