Traffic restored on Sgr-Jmu highway, stranded vehicles cleared

Srinagar, Feb 24: Only stranded vehicles were allowed on Sunday morning to ply as traffic was partly restored on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining closed on Saturday due to landslides and shooting stones, triggered by rain and snow.
However, Srinagar-Leh national highway and historic Mughal roads remained closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow since December 2018.
“The 300-km-long Kashmir highway was put through partially on Sunday morning after clearing landslides and shooting stone at various places,” a traffic official said.
However, he said only stranded vehicles will be allowed on the highway. “About 1500 Kashmir-bound vehicle, including 1000 passenger vehicles and 500 trucks, which were stranded since Friday evening, are being cleared,” he said.
He said once all the stranded vehicles are cleared on the highway, fresh traffic will be allowed to ply on the highway.
After being restored in the morning for few hours on Saturday, the traffic was again suspended on Saturday afternoon on the Kashmir highway, where was closed for two days from Thursday due to continued landslides and shooting stones, triggered by rain and snow.
The national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley remained closed since December last year due to accumulation of snow. Similarly, the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region and Anantnag to Kishtwar roads remained closed since December last year.