Srinagar: The national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country was closed on Monday due to fresh snowfall while Leh, Mughal road and other roads remained shut.
We have suspended all traffic movement on 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway today due to fresh snowfall, a traffic police official told UNI.
Fresh snow has accumulated at Nowgam, both sides of Jawahar tunnel and Qazigund, he said adding it was snowing when the reports last came in.
He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) responsible for the maintainance of the highway have already pressed into service sophisticated machine and men to clear the snow. However, he said, continuous snowfall is hampering the operation.
There is also a forecast for heavy snowfall during the next 48 hours, he said adding the divisional authorities have also issued warning that surface and air traffic could get affected.
He said no vehicle will be allowed from Jammu or Srinagar. People are requested to contact Traffic Control Units (TCUs) at Srinagar, Jammu and Ramban before undertaking the journey on the highway.
Official sources said large number of vehicles, mostly trucks and oil tankers, are stranded on both sides of the tunnel. They said stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards their respective destinations before allowing fresh traffic.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, remained closed due to accumulation of snow which has now frozen for the past about two months. Fresh snowfall was also received at Sonamarg, Zojila pass, Zero point and Meenmarg on the highway, traffic spokesman said adding the road between Kargil, the border town on the highway, to Leh was through. The road is likely to reopen in March or April.
The historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also received fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours. The road is closed for the past two months due to accumulation of snow and slippery road condition.
The Anantnag, in south Kashmir, to Kishtwar in Jammu road also remained closed due to accumulation of snow.