Leh highway closed, Kashmir highway still open

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Srinagar, Nov 14 (UNI) The 434-km long Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway was closed for traffic this morning following heavy snowfall while the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was still open.

Meanwhile, a number of roads to far-flung and remote areas in the Kashmir valley were also closed due to snowfall today.

A traffic police official told UNI that Srinagar-Leh highway was closed for traffic following heavy snowfall at Sonamarg, Gumri, Jojila and Zero point since early this morning.

The highway, which remains closed for six winter months every year from November 1st, remained open this time because of dry weather.

BEECON Chief Engineer A K Bhutani had told UNI that highway will be closed only if there is heavy snowfall.

He said in case of light snowfall the BEECON authorities will re-open the highway.

However, the traffic police official said the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was through for traffic despite rain and snowfall at several places.

A report from Baramulla said road to Machil, Keran, Gurez and Karnah have been closed because of heavy snowfall.

It said about two feet of snowfall was recorded at Sadina top due to which traffic movement has been suspended.

Official sources said traffic to several other far flung and remote areas has been suspended due to heavy snowfall.

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