Srinagar-Leh road reopens, Kashmir highway, Mughal road operational

Despite rain, traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was plying normally.

Published: 26th July 2018 10:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2018 10:47 AM   |  A+A-

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SRINAGAR: The national highway, the only road connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, reopened on Thursday after remaining closed since last evening due to landslides, triggered by rain.

A minor was killed after being hit by shooting stone at Zojila on the Ladakh highway yesterday.

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country and 86-km-long historic Mughal road are through for both way traffic for Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) while heavy vehicles will continue to ply one-way only.

However, this restriction will not apply on vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims.

''We have resumed traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway this morning,'' a traffic police official told UNI. He said traffic was suspended yesterday due to landslides.

However, Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway immediately put into service sophisticated machines and men and put through the highway.

In the morning, vehicles are allowed from Leh to Srinagar, he said, adding later in the afternoon, vehicles are allowed from here to other side of the Zojila pass, where only one-way traffic is allowed to avoid any accident and traffic jam.

Despite rain, traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was plying normally. He said LMVs will ply from both sides.

However, HMVs will be allowed to ply from Srinagar to Jammu only, he said, adding that no HMV will be allowed from opposite direction.

He said LMVs will ply from both sides on historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region though Buffliaz.

However, HMVs (upto six tyre trucks) from Buffliaz towards Shopian side subject to fair weather and good condition of the road.

He said people are requested to contact Traffic Police Control Units (TPCUs) before undertaking the journey on the highways and Mughal road.


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