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Kashmir highway remains closed for 4th day, Mughal and Leh roads shut
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Kashmir highway remains closed for 4th day, Mughal and Leh roads shut

Agency News

Srinagar, Feb 3 : The Kashmir valley remained cut off from rest of the country for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, following closure of 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu due to fresh landslides and shooting stones at several places.

Only one-way traffic will be allowed once the shooting stones and landslides are cleared. On Sunday traffic will resume from Jammu to Srinagar and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.

However, most of the vehicles, stranded for the past about a week were allowed to move towards their respective destination last evening after the landslides and shooting stones were cleared before fresh landslides at Penthal closed the highway early Sunday morning, a traffic police official told UNI this morning.

Meanwhile, the national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road remained shut since December last year due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.

He said traffic on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was suspended again on Sunday morning due to fresh landslides and shooting stones at Penthal.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are doing round the clock operation to put through the road. But, traffic on the highway is often disrupted due to intermittent landslides and shooting stones. He said NHIA and BRO are immediately putting into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides and stones on the highway .

"However, fresh landslides and shooting stones again force us to shut the highway this morning," he said adding nobody can help it.

Once the road is cleared one-way traffic will be allowed, he said adding on Sunday vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.

The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway linking Ladakh region with Kashmir also remained closed due to accumulation of snow, particularly between Sonamarg-Zojila-Meenmarg and Drass. There was also fresh snowfall early this morning at several places on the highway. However, the snow clearance operation will be started next month only.

Meanwhile, the Government of India (GoI) has decided to issue a fresh tender for construction of a tunnel at Zojila to make the Srinagar-Leh national highway all weather road.

The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also remained closed due to snow accumulation. Similarly Anantnag-Kishtwar in Jammu region, also remained shut due to accumulation of snow.(UNI)