Kashmir Highway Reopens After Disruption Due To Landslides

Srinagar: Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was resumed this afternoon after disruption due to fresh landslides.

Today vehicles were to ply from Srinagar to Jammu on the highway as only one-way traffic will continue till further orders, a traffic police official told UNI.

No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction today, he said.

Traffic on the highway was disrupted today due to fresh landslides during the night at Ramban, he said.

However, he said, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) , responsible for the maintainance of the highway have already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides and put through the highway for traffic.

The landslides were removed and one-way traffic allowed again, he said this afternoon.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and empty trucks and oil tankers besides fruits loaded with trucks which had been stopped at different places on this side of the tunnel, including Lavdara and Qazigund were allowed to move towards Jammu.

Traffic on the highway, the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was frequently disrupted since January 6 when valley received first heavy snowfall after about six month long dry weather.

To avoid any traffic jam and accident, authorities decided to allow only one way traffic on the highway as the road at several places still was very narrow where only one vehicle can pass due to damaged roads and landslides.

Meanwhile, the historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region remained closed due to accumulation of heavy snow only to reopen in the summer. The road is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

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