Srinagar: The 86-km-long historic Mughal road has been closed on Monday for any traffic movement following fresh snowfall and forecast for widespread rain and snow during the next 72 hours, a traffic police official said.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country was through for only way and down convoy has been allowed today and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.
The national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was also open to clear stranded vehicles from both sides of Zojilla, traffic police official told UNI on Monday morning.
He said due to fresh snowfall on Sunday and forecast for fresh snowfall till November 14, traffic on the Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch has been suspended from today. No vehicle will be allowed from any side, he said, adding that last week when there was snowfall on the
highway, over 1000 passengers and truckers, were rescued from the road, including at Pir-ki-Gali. ”We do not want to take any risk this time in view of the prediction for fairly widespread and widespread snowfall by the Met department. The road, being seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, remained closed for over six months in winter due to heavy snowfall. The centre and state governments have already approved to construct a tunnel to make it all weather road.”
Despite weather warning, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was through for one-way traffic. Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying fruit and empty oil tankers besides passenger vehicles, left different parts of the valley for Jammu since early this morning. No vehicle, including security force convoy would be
allowed from opposite direction, the traffic official said. He said people undertaking the journey on the highway are requested to contact Traffic Control Unit (RCU) before starting the journey.
He said the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was also open for traffic with some restrictions. ”We were allowing traffic from Kargil to Srinagar in the morning and later allow traffic from Kashmir to Ladakh,” he said, adding that today traffic will ply from Sonamarg in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal
to Kargil in the morning and later traffic will be allowed from Kargil to Sonamarg.
He said vehicles, stranded on this side of the Zojilla will be allowed to ply from Sonamarg towards Kargil this morning. Traffic from Kargil will be allowed from Meenmarg Kargil to Srinagar in the afternoon subject to weather conditions.