Srinagar : The Srinagar-Leh national highway connecting Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir's historic Mughal road in Jammu and Kashmir was closed on Wednesday for the seventh day due to snowfall and sliding on roads. Traffic police official said that the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is open for traffic on one side. He said that the movement of vehicles on the highway has been stopped due to several feet of freezing of Ladakh highway. Slow down on the highway due to the temperature going down and frying snow in the roads. To remove snow from the highway, the workers of Border Road Linking (BRO) have been engaged with state-of-the-art machines.
He said though it will take some more time and only after the improvement of weather and roads situation, the movement of vehicles will be restored. Work is being done to remove snow from the roads in Meenamarg and Sonmarg. Meanwhile, a large number of vehicles going to Ladakh from Sonargaon in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir, which include trucks and oil tankers carrying essential items, were stranded.
Likewise, empty trucks and oil tankers in vehicles going to Kashmir are also stranded in Drass, Kargil and Meenamarga and its other places in Jojila. He said that the movement of any vehicles on the highway will not be allowed as long as there is no green signal from the Tanta BRO workers and traffic police officers at different places. Because there is still a risk of avalanches. Apart from this, work to remove Shopian in south Kashmir on the Mughal road connecting Rosauri and Poonch in Jammu can still not be completed.
He said work to remove snow from both sides is going on. However, due to the temperature falling below the accumulation signal at night, the snow has frozen in the roads and there has been a particularly slippery situation in the Pir-ki-lane. They said that on one side of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the vehicles will run on Wednesday. Vehicular traffic coming from Jammu to Srinagar will not be allowed on the opposite direction.