Srinagar: The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was closed on Tuesday due to snowfall since late last night.
The authorities had last night issued a warning of moderate to heavy rain or snowfall in the Jammu and Kashmir till October 10.
We have suspended traffic on the Leh national highway following snowfall at Zojilla and adjoining areas since late last night, a traffic police official told UNI this morning.
He said the road has become very slippery and there was threat of landslides and accident forcing authorities not to allow any traffic today from either side of Zojila. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway. The weather has also improved and snow clearance operation was going on full swung.
However, he said, traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from the BRO and traffic police officials posted at different places, including at Drass and Sonmarg.
Meanwhile, official sources said hundreds of Kashmir bound vehicles, including those carrying passengers and empty trucks and oil tankers, which were scheduled to leave Drass and Meenmarg on other side of the Zojila pass early this morning have been stopped there. Similarly Ladakh bound vehicles, including trucks with essentials are stranded at Sonamarg. We are allowing traffic from different parts of Ladakh to Kashmir early in the morning while in the afternoon traffic is plying from here to other side of the Zojila pass daily.
Sources said hundreds of vehicles are being pressed into service daily to stock essentials in different parts of the Ladakh region which remained cut off during winter due to heavy snowfall.