Only one-way traffic to continue on Kashmir highway


SRINAGAR : Only one-way traffic will continue on the national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, as the road at several places was still not fully repaired after recent landslides.

However, the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, historic Mughal road and Bandipora-Gurez and Synthan-Kishtwar roads also remained closed since December due to accumulation of snow. Meanwhile, majority of roads linking far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) with district and tehsil headquarters, reopened after recent snowfall. Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, left Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir valley for Jammu, a traffic police official said.

Empty trucks and oil tankers and other heavy vehicles, which were also stranded at different places, including Qazigund, Anantnag and Jawahar Tunnel, also left for Jammu this morning. However, he said no vehicle will be allowed from Jammu to Kashmir today as rainfall during the past more than a week has resulted in shrinking of existing road formation at some places.

To avoid any traffic jam or accident it has been decided to allow only one-way traffic on the highway till further orders. He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway has put into service sophisticated machines and men to restore traffic to fully restore the highway so that two-way traffic is allowed.

Fresh snowfall recently, particularly at Zojila and other places has delayed the reopening of the national highway, connected Ladakh region with Kashmir. The region remained cut off from the rest of the state since December last year due to accumulation of several feet of snow. However, because of less snowfall this winter, the road was scheduled to reopen a month early this year.


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