Srinagar: With weatherman forecasting moderate to heavy snowfall from Wednesday, authorities in Kashmir Valley on Tuesday decided to suspend traffic for two days on the arterial Srinagar-Jammu National Highway this week.
"The 294-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, will remain closed on January 17 and 18 as a precautionary measure in view of the snow forecast," Coordinator, Disaster Management, Aamir Ali told a news agency.
In view of an approaching western disturbances, there is possibility of moderate to heavy snowfall, over hilly areas especially Pir Panjal and light to moderate snowfall at many places in the Kashmir Division from tomorrow.
The snowfall is likely to intensify on January 17 and 18, Ali said quoting from a communique received by his department from the weather office here.
Ali said Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon has directed all the deputy commissioners, concerned head of departments and DSPs to activate their manpower and machinery and to be in a state of preparedness, so as to minimise disruption of essential services, including roads, electric supply, water supply and healthcare services.
Samoon has asked IGP Traffic, Muneer Ahmed Khan, to restrict movement of vehicles on the highway on January 17 and 18 as a precautionary measure, Ali said.
The traffic on the highway has already been restricted to one-way over the past fortnight due to slippery condition on the road.