Kashmir remain cut off for 3rd day, Leh, Mughal roads remain shut

Srinagar: Hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks and oil tankers, remained stranded at different places on the 300-km-long national highway which remained closed for the third day on Wednesday due to landslides and snow avalanche.
Meanwhile, the national highway connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic Mughal road and other roads remained shut.
Traffic movement remained suspended on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country for the third day today, a traffic police official told UNI.
There was a huge snow avalanche on this side of the Jawahar Tunnel causing some damage to one of the gate, he said adding there were landslides and shooting stones at several places between Ramban and Ramsu.
He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) responsible for the maintainance of the highway has already pressed into service sophisticated machine and men to clear the landslides and avalanche.
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 fresh vehicle will be allowed from Jammu or Srinagar if the road is put through until all stranded vehicles are cleared. 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 from any side.
Truckers and others stranded on the highway alleged that they are facing starvation due to non availability of eatables in the areas where they have been stopped.
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.



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