Srinagar: Traffic was once again suspended on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway remained closed for the past about a month due to accumulation of snow which has now frozen. The historic 86-km-long Mughal road has been closed for winter months by the authorities due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
“We have suspended traffic as a precautionary measure on the 300-km-long Kashmir highway from 1400 hrs on Friday due to snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and some other places,” a police official told UNI.
He said several inches of snow had accumulated near the tunnel and other places on the highway due to which the road has become slippery. Traffic will be allowed only after improvement in the weather. “We cannot allow traffic without getting green signal from the traffic police officials and Border Road Organisation (BRO) officials posted at different places on the highway,” he added.
On Friday, vehicles were to ply from Srinagar to Jammu as only one-way traffic continued on the highway due to bad road conditions.
Meanwhile, the national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, remained closed for the past about one month due to accumulation of snow, particularly on Zojila pass. The road remained slippery due to frozen snow and there is no possibility of resuming traffic on the highway before March, official sources said. The Government of India (GoI) has already sanctioned to construct a tunnel to make it all weather road.
Traffic has been suspended for winter months on historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region.