SRINAGAR: Valley-bound vehicles held up for nearly two days near Banihal on the Srinagar-Jammu highway were cleared for Srinagar late on Saturday after the weather eased to allow unhindered snow-clearance operations by the Beacon
Authorities ruled out two-way traffic on the Kashmirs sole surface supply line on Sunday, saying vehicles heading out of the valley only would be allowed tomorrow provided the weather improved.
Over two hundred vehicles, mostly goods carriers, are stalled at Qazigund on the Valley side since Friday when the road was closed due to heavy snowfall and slippery conditions.
With nearly two feet of snow at the Jawahar Tunnel, Beacon operations were repeatedly stalled by bad weather, making headway finally at 4 in the afternoon today when the traffic police flagged off 300 goods carriers and passenger vehicles stranded on the Ramban-Banihal stretch.
Beacon personnel had to battle hard-packed snow in biting cold to make way for a large number of passengers caught on the highway for two days.
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In view of the inclement weather, to ensure safety and security of passengers, it has been decided to implement One Way Traffic on National Highway.
All kinds of passenger vehicles bound for Srinagar are required to cross TCP Nagrota by 1100 Hrs and Udhampur by 1230 Hrs for onward journey towards Kashmir valley. While cutting time for heavy vehicles shall be 1200 Hrs at Nagrota and 1400 Hrs at TCP Udhampur, beyond which no vehicle shall be allowed to proceed for onward journey to Kashmir valley.
Similarly on alternate days, all kinds of passenger vehicles bound for Jammu shall have to cross TCP Panthachowk by 0900 Hrs, Khanabal by 1100 Hrs and Qazigund by 1200 Hrs. The cut off time for heavy vehicles shall be 1400 Hrs at Qazigund, beyond which no vehicle shall be allowed to proceed towards Lower Munda/J.T for onward journey.
To get updates, the general public is informed to contact the control rooms at TCU Ramban (9419993745), TCU Jammu (2459048, 9419147732) and TCU Srinagar (0194-2450022).
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