Kashmir highway closed for civilian traffic, only vehicles with essential items allowed

Kashmir highway closed for civilian traffic, only vehicles with essential items allowed

Srinagar:  The 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was closed for civilian traffic from Monday till March 31 to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, only vehicles carrying essential commodities would be allowed on the highway.
However, people stranded in Jammu and Srinagar alleged that the decision was taken without giving them time to reach to their respective destinations.
“Civilian traffic would not be allowed to ply on the highway from either side from Monday till March 31,” a traffic police official told UNI.
He said only vehicles carrying essential commodities would be allowed on the highway, adding that on Monday traffic would be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu.
He said only one-way traffic would be allowed to ply on the highway as the road is very narrow and damaged at several places between Ramban and Ramsu where only one vehicle could pass easily.
Meanwhile, commuters alleged that they have been stranded in Jammu from last three days due to closure of highway. ‘What about those, who are in Jammu from the past three days. Please allow passenger vehicles towards Srinagar so that we can go home,” Tariq Maqbool, a passenger stranded in Jammu, told UNI.