Stranded vehicles allowed on Sgr-Jmu highway after 2 days

Srinagar, May 10: Vehicles, stranded at various places on Srinagar-Jammu national highway from the last two days due to landslides and continuous shooting stones, were on Friday evening allowed to move towards Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, one-way traffic continued to ply on Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, and historic 86-km-long Mughal road.
“After clearing landslides at Digdol and some other places in Ramban, Kashmir-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to ply the highway, which connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country,” a traffic official said.
He said once the stranded vehicles are cleared, only then decision to allow fresh traffic on the 300-km-long highway will be taken.
Official sources said over 3000 vehicles, including trucks carrying essentials and oil tankers besides passengers, were stranded at different places on Kashmir highway, which was closed for traffic following landslides at Digdol and some other places in Ramban on Wednesday evening.
However, they said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) pressed into service sophisticated machines and clear the landslides.
They said operation to clear landslides hampered due to continuous shooting stones.
Passenger, including tourists, stranded since yesterday alleged that authorities have totally failed to provide them even a glass of water. “We have been stopped at a place where there is no facility,” alleged passengers.
Meanwhile, only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, he said adding today Kashmir bound vehicle will be allowed to ply, a traffic police official said.
However, he said, Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Minimarg in Ladakh region towards Kashmir between 0700 hrs to 1000 hrs followed by Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs. He said no vehicle will be allowed after the deadline.
Only one-way traffic will be allowed to ply on historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, he said adding today traffic will ply from Behramgalla to Shopian between 0600 hrs to 1500 hrs.