Tuesday, Jan 18 2022 | Time 04:38 Hrs(IST)
image
States » North


Srinagar-Leh highway still closed, vehicles stranded at Sonmarg allowed to move

Srinagar-Leh highway still closed, vehicles stranded at Sonmarg allowed to move
file photo

Srinagar, Dec 1 (UNI) The national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley remained closed for the fifth day on Sunday following accumulation of several feet of snow and slippery road conditions due to below freezing temperature.
However, Srinagar bound vehicles which were stranded at Sonmarg on this side of the Zojila pass on the highway, were cleared on Saturday night.
Traffic remained suspended on Sunday as a precautionary measure as accumulated several feet of snow has frozen due to which the highway has become very slippery.
He said there was several feet of fresh snowfall at Sonamarg and Zojila pass besides at Meenmarg and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia on Wednesday and Thursday.
He said besides fresh snowfall, the road has become slippery following below freezing temperature, due to which traffic remained suspended from both sides.

Traffic will be allowed only after clearance of snow and improvement in the weather, he said.
Officials said that there is less chance of reopening of the highway as more than five to six feet of snow has accumulated at several places and there is also threat of avalanches.
The highway, the only road connecting UT Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed for six months during winter due to below freezing temperature and accumulation of snow since November 1 every year. However, for the past few years due to efforts of the local administration and different agencies of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), highway now remains open in the month of December also till there is heavy snowfall.
Earlier, before the division of the state into two UTs the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, was taking decision to close the highway for winter months. However, since Ladakh has now become an independent UT, decision to close or reopen the highway will have to be taken by administration of UT Ladakh and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, about 100 vehicles on way to Srinagar from Ladakh had got stranded at Sonamarg in central Kashmir following heavy snowfall. The snow clearance operation was completed on Saturday and vehicles were allowed to move towards Srinagar from Sonamarg, traffic spokesman said.
UNI ABS RHK1232

More News

NMPB approves research on treatment of Breast Cancer by CUHP research scholars

18 Jan 2022 | 1:35 AM

By Ashok Raina
Dharamshala, Jan 17 (UNI) Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh Central University Sat Prakash Bansal on Monday expressed pleasure over the approval given by the National Medicinal Plants Board for the research work to be done on the treatment of breast cancer through medicinal plants.

see more..

Accident claims youth, injures 18

18 Jan 2022 | 12:41 AM

Sehore (MP), Jan 17 (UNI) One person died on the spot and 18 sustained injuries when a pickup vehicle overturned after ramming a motorcycle on the Ashta-Shujalpur road late Monday, police said.
The injured have been admitted at a hospital here. The deceased motorcyclist was identified as Amar (27) from Indore district’s Chauhan Khedi village.

see more..

Massive search operation launched in Mand area adjoining Sutlej river

18 Jan 2022 | 12:27 AM

Nawanshahar, Jan 17 (UNI) To keep a close tab on anti-social elements and illicit liquor in the wake of ensuing Punjab Assembly elections, the SBS Nagar Police on Monday launched a massive search operation in Mand belt of the district.

see more..

IPS transfers in MP

18 Jan 2022 | 12:08 AM

Bhopal, Jan 17 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Government tonight reassigned eight officers of the Indian Police Service, it was officially learnt.
Sub-Divisional Officer (Police) Shrutakirti Somvanshi – hitherto serving in Jabalpur district’s Sihora – has been posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner here; Headquarters’ Assistant Inspector General (Community Policing) Saket Prakash Pandey was made Commandant, 9th Battalion, Special Armed Force, Rewa and Bhopal’s Addl Dy Commr Ankit Jaiswal was moved as Comdt, 24th Bn, SAF, Jaora.

see more..
SSM, SSP announce alliance for 2022 Punjab elections

SSM, SSP announce alliance for 2022 Punjab elections

17 Jan 2022 | 11:44 PM

Ludhiana, Jan 17 (UNI) Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal-led Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) and Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni-led Sanyukt Sangharsh Party on Monday announced an electoral alliance for Punjab Elections 2022.

see more..
image