Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar-Leh highway closed after avalanche hits Zojila Pass

A vehicle moves on Zojila pass. [File Photo]

Ganderbal: Srinagar-Leh highway was on Tuesday closed for traffic after an avalanche hit near Zojila Pass in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

An official said that avalanches hit near Panimatha and Kai-Pathri on Zojila Pass following fresh snowfall in the area. He said that men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear the road.

“Due to snowfall and avalanches at various places on Zojila axis, upward traffic was not allowed today,” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway will remain closed for traffic on April 7 as a traffic dry day.

Senior superintendent of Police Traffic Ramban, Mohita Sharma said that the highway will remain closed for repair and maintenance work from April 7 till April 8 morning.

“Based on JK UT Government directions passed on 31.03.2023 for undertaking important repair and maintenance works on NH-44 by NHAI, 07th April 2023 has been declared Traffic Dry Day between Nashri to Navyuga Tunnel”, reads the statement.

She also said no LMV or HMV (except medical emergency vehicles) will be allowed to ply on NH-44 between Nashri Tunnel towards Navyuga Tunnel and vice-versa from 06: am on April 7 till 06:am on April 8. (KNO)

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