Despite slippery road conditions due to below freezing temperature, the national highway connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for traffic. However, heavy vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar only today, while light vehicles from both sides on the 300-km-long national highway, a traffic police official told UNI. Meanwhile, roads to border town of Keran, Machil, Tangdhar and Gurez remained closed due to five to six feet of snow, which has frozen due to minus 10 to minus 15 degree minimum temperature. Hundreds of trucks, loaded with essentials besides oil tankers and vehicles carrying passengers left Jammu for Kashmir valley today, he said. He said no heavy vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu today.
However, light vehicles leave for Jammu from different parts of the valley. Decision to allow heavy vehicles on alternate days on the highway was taken as a precautionary measure to avoid any accident and traffic jam after taking into consideration the damaged road at several places, where only one vehicle can pass and slippery road condition. However, no night traffic will be allowed on the highway when the road becomes very slippery after the mercury drops to below freezing temperature. Meanwhile, there is now almost no chance of reopening of roads to Keran, Karnah and Tanghdar because of more than five feet snowfall last week. The authorities have already declared the road from Bandipora to border town of Gurez closed for winter months following more than five feet of snow at Razdan pass. ”However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of Kupwara-Karnah road has put through it after clearing the snow. Read More…
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