Only One-Way Traffic To Continue On Kashmir Highway

Srinagar: Only one-way traffic will continue on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the world.

On Thursday vehicles will ply from Srinagar to Jammu, a traffic police official said.

He said no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.

He said hundreds of vehicles, including carry passengers, empty trucks and oil tankers and trucks loaded with fruit left different parts of the valley for Jammu today. Majority of the vehicles had already reached Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir last evening to start their journey for Jammu.

The official said that one-way traffic will continue on the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country till further orders to avoid traffic jam.

However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of the highway has been working round the clock to make the road safe for two way journey.

Traffic police official said that two-way traffic on the highway will be resumed only once a green signal is received from BRO and Traffic police officials posted at different places.

Traffic on the highway, the only road linking the valley with the rest of the country, was disrupted frequently due to snowfall and landslides besides slippery road conditions since first heavy snowfall on January 6. There is forecast for more rain and snow during the next three days in the state.

The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region and national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir remained closed due to heavy snowfall. Both the roads will reopen only in summer. The Mughal road is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

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