Fresh traffic allowed on Kashmir highway after clearing stranded vehicles

Srinagar, May 27: Fresh traffic was on Monday allowed after all vehicles, stranded since Saturday, were cleared on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway till late last night, official sources said.
Meanwhile, only one-way traffic will continue to ply on 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, a traffic police official told UNI today.
Over 3000 vehicles, including trucks carrying essential and oil tankers, got stranded after traffic on the Kashmir highway was suspended due to landslides, triggered by rain at Battery Cheshma and another place in Ramban area on Saturday morning. However, later few hundred vehicles were allowed to move towards Kashmir after the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, removed the landslides on Saturday evening.
On Sunday when there was Convoy Day, only Kashmir bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move. The government had imposed ban on civilian traffic twice in a week on Sunday and Wednesday to allow free movement of security force convoy. The ban was imposed after 44 CRPF personnel were killed in a fidayeen attack in February at Awantipora in Pulwama on the highway. However, the Wednesday ban was lifted early this morning. Now government had already announced that there will be no ban on civilian traffic movement from first Sunday of June.
After clearing all stranded vehicles, we allowed one-way traffic from Srinagar to Jammu this morning, sources said. However, Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) had to cross Zig Qazigund between 0600 hrs to 1000 hrs and thereafter Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) between 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, they said.
Traffic official said Mughal road, also seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, was through for one-way traffic and today vehicles will ply from here to other side of the Pir-ki-Gali. However, theLMVs were asked to leave from Hirpora Shopian between 0500 hrs to 0900 hrs and HMVs from 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs.
Today traffic was allowed from here to Ladakh, they said adding LMVs were allowed to ply from 0700 hrs to 1000 hrs and HMVs from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs from Sonmarg in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal.