Srinagar, Feb 13: Despite fresh snowfall, landslides and shooting stones, the national highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for one-way and traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar only on Wednesday, a traffic police official said Wednesday morning.
However, traffic remained suspended since December last year on the national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, traffic police official said. He said traffic also remained suspended on Anantnag-Kishtwar road due to accumulation of snow.
There was fresh light snowfall at Jawahar tunnel and Qazigund besides fresh landslides and shooting stones at Maroog last night, he said adding however, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Beacon immediately put into service sophisticated machine and cleared the landslides and shooting stones.
Today traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar only and no vehicle, including security force convoy, would be allowed from opposite direction, he said. However, the vehicles will have to cross Udhampur by 1000 hrs and no vehicle will be allowed after the deadline, he said.
He said one-way traffic was partially restored yesterday afternoon after remaining suspended for seven days due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rain and snow.
About 1000 Kashmir bound vehicles, particularly oil tankers, stranded between Ramban and Ramsu for the past about two weeks, were allowed to move towards Srinagar till late last night. However, fresh landslides at Maroog disrupted traffic for an hour, he said adding two bouldozer drivers, who were busy in road clearance operation were injured after they were hit by shooting stones.
Today also there were shooting stones this morning which were cleared immediately and the highway was through for one-way traffic only. However, there is always threat of landslides and shooting stones, he said. Traffic was plying on the highway, he said adding drivers were advised to drive very carefully in shooting stone and landslides prone areas. Vehicles were plying in a very slow speed due to fog between tunnel and Qazigund Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, about 2000 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying fruit besides empty oil tankers, remained stranded between Qazigund and tunnel. The agitated truckers alleged that they are stranded for the past two weeks and their fruit had already suffered damage. They further alleged that it was local residents who provided them food and shelter.
Demanding that they should be allowed to move towards Jammu, the truckers said that they have now no money to survive.