Traffic partly restored on Sgr-Jmu highway; stranded vehicles allowed to ply

Srinagar, Mar 3: Only stranded vehicles were allowed to ply on Sunday afternoon as traffic was partly restored on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining closed on Saturday due to fresh snowfall and landslides, triggered by rain.
However, the Srinagar-Leh National Highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road between Shopian in south Kashmir and Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region besides Anantnag-Kishtwar road, remained closed since December last year due to snow.
”The 300-km-long Kashmir highway was put through partially on Sunday afternoon after clearing landslides and shooting stone at various places,” a traffic official said.
However, he said only stranded vehicles will be allowed to ply towards Kashmir valley on the highway. “About 3500 Kashmir-bound vehicle, including those carrying passengers, which were stranded since Saturday, are being cleared,” he said.
Despite snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel and rain between Ramban and Ramsu, traffic authorities allowed traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday. However, there were fresh landslides at several places, including Penthyal, between Ramban and Ramsu on the highway, the only all weather road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, resulting in closure of the road.
But, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, pressed into service sophisticated machine and cleared the highway for one-way traffic.
He said once all the stranded vehicles are cleared on the highway, fresh traffic will be allowed to ply on the highway.
Frequent closure of the highway has resulted in shortage of essential commodities, particularly fresh vegetables, meat and chicken besides petrol, diesel and LPG gas cylinders in the valley, which totally depend upon imports from other states.
The prices of local vegetables besides chicken have witnessed several fold increase in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar.