Civilian traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway after one day suspension

Srinagar, Apr 11: Civilian traffic was on Thursday resumed on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining suspended on Wednesday due to ban imposed by the authorities as a precautionary measure to allow free and secure movement of security force convoy.
However, the national highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar remained closed though snow clearance operation was going on war footing to restore traffic on these roads closed since November last year.
We have allowed civilian traffic this morning on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, a traffic police official said Thursday morning. However, he said, only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway till further orders since road widening and landslides frequently disrupt traffic movement.
On Thursday traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar, he said adding Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) have to cross Jakheni, Udhampur, between 0500 hrs to 0900 hrs. Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed from Udhampur after 0900 hrs, he added and said no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.
He said there is a total ban on plying any vehicle during the night when there is a danger of landslides and shooting stones. However he said, people are requested to contact Traffic Control Unit (TCU) at Srinagar, Ramban and Jammu before starting their journey on the road.
No civilian traffic movement was allowed on Wednesday due to ban by the authorities to allow free movement of security force convoy. Similar ban is also being imposed on every Sunday. The ban orders were issued after Awantipora Pulwama fidayeen attack on security force convoy in which about 44 CRPF personnel were martyred on February 14 and similar attempt to target security force vehicle in Banihal area.
However, ban evoked sharp criticism by the mainstream and separatist organizations, traders, transporters and others while a number of petitions have been filed in the High court seeking quashing the ban, alleging it has badly affected normal life in the valley.
Different political parties also staged dharna on the highway demanding lifting of the ban.