Mughal Road reopens for traffic after 3 days

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/22/2017 12:01:07 AM

SRINAGAR, Nov 21: The Mughal Road was reopened for vehicular traffic this morning after three days closure due to snowfall as weather conditions improved in Jammu region, officials said.
"The Mughal Road was reopened for vehicular traffic this morning with a fleet of passenger vehicles leaving Poonch in Jammu region for south Kashmir Shopian district," deputy superintendent of police, traffic, Sheikh Mohammad Aslam said.
He said a number of Poonch-bound vehicles which remained stranded in Hirpura area of Shopian over the past two days were also allowed to move towards their destinations.
The snow clearance operation was completed, however, fresh snowfall and slippery condition of the road around Peer Ki Gali scuttled the efforts of the authorities to reopen the road yesterday, Aslam said.
The road was closed on Friday evening after high altitude areas received over two feet of snow, the first heavy snowfall of the winter this season.
Meanwhile, only one-way traffic was allowed on 434-kms-long Srinagar-Leh highway. “We were allowing traffic from Drass to Sonamarg in Kashmir early in the morning and later from here to other side of the Zojila on the highway,” an official said, adding, “due to slippery road condition now we are allowing traffic only during the day.”
He said yesterday traffic was allowed from Drass to Kashmir and no vehicle from here could cross to other side of the Zojila. Today we will allow traffic from here to Ladakh and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction to avoid accident.
However, traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was plying. He said light vehicles plied from both sides while heavy vehicles operated from Srinagar to Jammu on Tuesday.
However, the vehicles had to cross Jawahar tunnel by 1000 hrs. No heavy vehicle was allowed from opposite direction on the highway. Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for Kashmir left different parts of the Jammu region this morning.



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