Traffic resumes on Ladakh highway, Mughal road

SRINAGAR: The National Highway connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley and historic Mughal road were reopened on Tuesday after remaining closed for a day due to snowfall. The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway is the only all weather road linking Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. “Meanwhile, Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic was allowed to ply from both sides on the national highway whereas there was single-way movement of Heavy Motor Vehicle (HMV) traffic from Srinagar to Jammu only since this morning which was again suspended from 1030 hrs”, a Traffic Police official said. He said traffic on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was suspended early yesterday following snowfall at Zojila, Sonmarg, Meenmarg and Zero-point due to which road had become slippery. However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) immediately put into service sophisticated machines to clear the snow. The weather conditions improved and traffic was resumed in the afternoon yesterday and almost all stranded vehicles were cleared. Early this morning, Kashmir-bound traffic was allowed to ply from Kargil and Drass towards Sonamarg in the central Kashmir, the traffic official said. The Ladakh-bound vehicles, including those carrying essentials and passengers, would be allowed to ply, informed the official. Similarly, traffic was also resumed on 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir to Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region.