Only one-way traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway, Mughal, Leh roads closed

SRINAGAR, Dec 18: To allow smooth movement of vehicles on the national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, only one-way traffic was allowed on Monday from Jammu to Srinagar.
No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction for any circumstances, a traffic police official said today.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir has been closed for winter months while historic 86-km-long Mughal road also remained shut due to heavy snowfall.
Dozens of far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) also remained cut off from their respective district headquarters in Kupwara and Bandipora districts.
Today traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar and no vehicle, including those of security forces, would be allowed from opposite direction, traffic police official said.
Large number of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks carrying essentials, particularly vegetables, left different parts of Jammu region for Kashmir valley this morning.
However, the Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), including passengers, were allowed from 0500 hrs from Nagrota and they have to cross Udhampur by 1100 hrs.
Heavy vehicles and load carriers were allowed from 0400 hrs from Nagrota upto 1000 hrs only. No vehicle will be allowed after deadline.
He said no vehicle, including convoy of security forces would be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu under any circumstances for smooth flow of traffic on the highway.
Traffic on the Mughal road, connecting Shopian with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region remained closed for the 9th day today as about three to four feet of snow had accumulated at several places on other side of the Pir-ki-Gali.
Meanwhile, dozens of far flung and remote villages, including near the LoC in North Kashmir districts of Bandipora and Kupwara remained cut off from their respective district and tehsil headquarters due to heavy snowfall recently.
The snow clearance operation has been started on war footing by the district authorities in Bandipora to put through the road before the border area is cut off for rest of the winter months. The snow clearance operation has been started to transport diesel to the border town for generating power.
Official sources said there was a shortage of over 1.20 lakh litres of diesel which could be used in diesel generators to provide six hour power to people in Gurez during winter, when the area remains cut off from other parts of the valley.
The national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir has been closed for winter months due to snowfall and slippery road condition. Meanwhile, the Pawan Hans paid helicopter service has been started between Kargil-Srinagar and Padum-Kargil routes.
The air service between Kargil and Srinagar as per schedule issued earlier will operate once a week on every Tuesday.
The launch of Chopper services will be instrumental in providing timely transport to patients, accident victims, students and the general public of the region.
The helicopter service will connect the people of the area with rest of the State especially during winter months and adverse weather conditions besides giving a fillip to tourism in the area.
The tariff per passenger on the Srinagar-Kargil route has been fixed as Rs 4500, Srinagar-Drass route at Rs 3500 while as the Kargil-Padum route tariff has been fixed at Rs 5000.