Srinagar, Nov 28 : The Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was closed again on Thursday due to fresh snowfall and landslides, triggered by rain since Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road remained closed since November 6 due to several feet of fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours.
There was moderate to heavy snowfall on the highway at Qazigund, Banihal, Jawahar tunnel and other areas since Wednesday night after heavy rain during the day when large number of Jammu bound vehicles from Kashmir had crossed the Ramban and Ramsu landslide prone area safely, a traffic police official told UNI.
However, traffic was suspended following landslides and shooting stones at several places, including Digdol, Penthal and Mompasi on Wednesday evening besides accumulation of snow on this side of the tunnel.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the snow and landslides on the highway.
Meanwhile, reports received said large number of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks loaded with essentials for Kashmir, are stranded on the highway.
Traffic official said only stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards Kashmir valley once a green signal is received from officials posted at different places on the highway.
Fresh vehicles will be allowed only after clearing all stranded vehicles, he said.
The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed since November 6 due to snowfall.
He said there was about a foot of fresh snowfall at Hairpora while Dobjan-Pir-ki-Gali recorded two to three feet of fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours, hampering snow clearance operation. Due to accumulation of several feet of snow coupled with below freezing temperatures during the day, there is very little chance of resuming traffic on the road, which remained closed during the six winter months every year. (UNI)