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Traffic resumes on Kashmir highway, Mughal road still shut

Srinagar, Nov 28: Traffic was on Saturday resumed on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway after remaining suspended on Friday for maintenance of the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway, remained closed since Monday morning due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions, a traffic police official told UNI.

He said Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed yesterday to allow National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to undertake necessary maintenance work besides road widening in the areas where only one vehicle can pass at present due to landslides.

This morning traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, he said, adding that Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Zig Qazigund in south Kashmir between 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed after the deadline, he said.

He said the Jammu bound Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed to ply from Zig Qazigund. However, Traffic Control Unit (TCU) Ramban will coordinate for release of empty oil tankers and fresh perishable carriers from opposite directions, he added.

Security forces are also advised to follow the travel advisory and ply from Srinagar to Jammu only.

He said Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region will also remain closed for the 6th day today due to snowfall at different places, including Pir-ki-Gali and Dubjan. The road has become slippery due to below normal temperature during the night.


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