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Srinagar-Ladakh highway reopens for traffic

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Mughal Road to open Saturday

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Ladakh highway reopened for traffic on Friday after four days of closure due to fresh snowfall and avalanches, officials said.

The highway was closed on Monday after fresh snowfall and multiple avalanches along Zojila Pass on the road.

With the improvement in weather, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) pressed its machinery and men into service to clear the road and restore the traffic movement.

An official said that after a green signal from the BRO, the traffic from Sonamarg towards Kargil was allowed and stranded passenger vehicles were allowed to move.

Meanwhile, the Mughal road, which connects Kashmir’s Shopian to Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu, will be thrown open for one-way traffic from tomorrow, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Yasin Choudhary made the announcement about the opening of the road on Twitter.”Mughal Road shall be formally thrown open for one-way vehicular traffic (up) from Poonch to Shopian tomorrow onwards. Cut-off timings at Poshana post -10 am to 4 pm. Plz plan ur travel wisely and well in advance,” he said.

In a communication, the DC stated: “In view of clearance of Snow accumulation and landslides from 19 KM (Dogrian) to KM 43 Peer Ki Gali as intimated by Chief Engineer Mughal Road Wing and Executive Engineer Mechanical Engineering Division, Rajouri-Poonch, the movement of one way traffic is hereby allowed on Mughal Road from Buffliaz to Peer Ki Gali W.e.f 12-05-2023.”.

It said that the Sr. Superintendent of Police Poonch, Sub Divisional Magistrate Surankote and Dy.SP Traffic Rajouri-Poonch shall deploy sufficient personnel at Behramgalla, Buffliaz and Poshana checkposts to ensure the smooth movement of vehicles with strict compliance of this order.

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