Kashmir highway despite slippery road conditions, Mughal, Gurez roads still closed

Despite slippery road conditions, the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for both ways though with some restrictions to avoid any traffic jam and accident.

However, the historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch and dozens of roads linking far-flung and remote areas in north Kashmir remained closed due to accumulation of snow.

A traffic police official said that the Kashmir highway was through from both ways with some restrictions in view of the slippery road conditions at several places. He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the mainteinance of the highway, has been working to widen the road where it had been damaged due to recent snowfall and landslides, triggered by rain.

He said to avoid any accident and traffic jam, some restrictions have been imposed on the traffic movement from Jammu and Srinagar on this highway in view of slippery road conditions, particularly during the morning and evening hours when mercury goes below freezing point.

He said vehicles, carrying passengers from Jammu to Kashmir will be allowed to move only between 0600 hrs to 1300 hrs while heavy vehicles leave for valley between 0630 hrs to 1130 hrs only. However, no Srinagar bound passenger vehicle will be permitted to cross Udhampur (Jekhani Chowk) after 1430 hrs  while no heavy vehicle will be permitted after 1330 hrs, he said.

From Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, light motor vehicles shall be permitted to move towards Jammu only between 0830 hrs to 1500 hrs while heavy vehicles shall be permitted only between 0900 hrs to 1400 hrs.

Official said that due to accumulation of snow at many places of road between Pir Ki Galli and Shopian, movement of traffic on historic Mughal road shall remain suspended till further orders. Vehicles are being stopped at Heerpora from Shopian in south Kashmir side and at Behramgalla and Chandimarh from Poonch, in Jammu region side.

He said Synthan-Kishtwar road also remained closed for all sort of traffic.       Traffic official said road from Bandipora to border town of Gurez also remained closed due to accumulation of snow. Meanwhile, dozens of roads, connecting far-flung and remote areas with their respective district headquarters in north Kashmir also remained closed due to recent snowfall

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