Srinagar-Leh national highway closed due to landslides

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Srinagar, May 30
The national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, remained closed since Tuesday afternoon due to landslides while the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu and historic Mughal roads are through for traffic. Traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was suspended yesterday in the afternoon following landslides at Shaitan Nallah between Sonamarg in central Kashmir to Drass stretch, a traffic police official told UNI.
He said after the massive landslides, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the traffic. We are on the job, he said adding traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from the traffic police officials posted at different places and BRO.
Meanwhile, a large number of Ladakh bound vehicles have been stopped at Sonamarg on this side of the Zojila tunnel. Similarly Kashmir bound vehicles have been stopped at Drass and other places, official source said.
We are allowing traffic from 0500 hrs in the morning from Ladakh to Kashmir, he said adding later vehicles from here to other side of Zojila are being allowed to move.
Meanwhile, passenger and Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) are being allowed from both sides on the national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. However, Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will continue to ply one-way only to avoid traffic jam and accident.

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