On first day of opening, hundreds spend sleepless night on Mughal road

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POONCH — On the first day of its opening, the historic Mughal Roadside became a nightmare for hundreds of people who spent sleepless night on road in near zero temperature.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, the road was opened for single lane traffic of light vehicles and vehicles moved from Poonch to Srinagar side.

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However, a slide took place at 39 kilometres point from Bufliyaz side which led to suspension of traffic in evening hours.

Official sources said that slide was cleared at about 11 PM but due to frozen and severe slippery conditions, ‘not even a single vehicle could have been allowed to ply leading to passengers stuck on road’.

Official sources told KNO that on Thursday early morning hours, all the stranded vehicles were cleared by team of traffic police headed by DySP Traffic Mohammad Rafiq.

PDP Rajouri district spokesman, Adv.Tazeem Dar, who spent night on Mughal Road, told KNO that it was a terrible experience of life for him.

“Hundreds of people in about forty vehicles spent our night at the road in almost zero degree temperature.” Adv. Tazeem said who said that everyone was without drinking water and food.

He further said that government authorities should order closure of road for some days unless it becomes stable as ill-planned movement of vehicles without any safety measures can put lives of hundreds of people in risk.

He also demanded forces to lay multiple checkup points instead of a present single one at Poshana to ensure that minimal time is consumed in frisking of vehicles which is taking too much time presently.

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