Ganderbal, Dec 18: High speed winds at Zojila Pass hampered traffic movement on Srinagar-Leh road on Saturday.
Official sources said that traffic movement on 434 KM strategic Srinagar-Leh highway remained suspended for the 12 consecutive days on Saturday due to strong winds near Zojila Pass.
The highway was closed for traffic on 6 December following heavy snowfall particularly at Zojila, Meenmarg, Sonamarg, Matayan, Zero Point and other adjacent areas.
Sources said that hundreds of vehicles are stranded on the both sides of the highway from past twelve days.
A traffic police official told KNT that number of vehicles from Sonamarg was brought back to Gagangeer. He said that due to freezing temperatures in Sonamarg, the drivers were facing a lot of difficulties, after which the vehicles had to be returned to Gagangeer.
The official said that due to strong winds at Zojila pass, three feet snow has accumulated on the road while Border Road Organization is facing difficulties in clearing snow.
The Border Road Organization (BRO) has set up a camp in Zojila near Bajri Nallah, Sonamarg, where from workers are operating.
SDM Drass Asgar Hussain told KNT that due to snow accumulation road has been closed while men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear the road.