Despite Improvement In Weather, Only One-Way Traffic Continues On Highway

Despite Improvement In Weather, Only One-Way Traffic Continues On Highway

Srinagar: Despite major improvement in the weather conditions during the last about a week, only one-way traffic continued on Monday on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, to avoid traffic jams following bad road conditions.

“Traffic on the 270-km-long highway will ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Monday,” a traffic police official said.

He said Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) were allowed to move in the morning while Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed in the afternoon. “Only one-way traffic will continue on the highway till further orders,” he said.

One-way traffic has proven to be a success and for the past more than a week, traffic is plying normally on the highway, which otherwise was witnessing heavy traffic jam for hours.

Meanwhile, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed for the past over two months. There is more than 6 feet to 12 feet of snow on the highway, including at Zojila pass, which has frozen due to below freezing temperature.

Similarly, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch and Anantnag-Kishtwar road remained closed due to accumulation of snow for the past two months. “These roads are likely to reopen in March-April,” officials said.