One-Way Traffic On Sgr-Jmu Highway

Srinagar: Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials left Jammu this morning for Srinagar, as despite improvement in the weather conditions, only one-way traffic continued to ply on the Jammu Srinagar highway.

“We have allowed traffic from Jammu to Kashmir today since only one-way traffic will continue on the highway,” a traffic police official told UNI.

However, no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, he said adding majority vehicles which had left Srinagar yesterday had reached to their destinations.

He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of the highway, was working to make the highway safe for two-way traffic.

The road is still damaged and narrow due to landslides at some places, particularly between Ramban and Ramsu, he said adding for the safety of passenger and truckers besides avoid traffic jam, it has been decided to allow only one-way traffic on the highway till further orders.

This winter traffic on the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country has been disrupted frequently due to snowfall and landslides besides slippery road conditions since first heavy snowfall on January 6.

There was also fresh snowfall on historic Mughal road which is closed during the past two months. The road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, is seen as alternative to Kashmir highway .

There is also no change in the situation as dozens of far flung and remote areas, particularly near the Line of Control (LoC), also remained cut off from their respective district headquarter in north Kashmir, where fresh snowfall was experienced recently. The road Bandipora-Gurez, border town also remained closed.

The Ladakh region also remained cut off from Kashmir due to closure of the highway since last year due to accumulation of snow. There was also fresh snowfall at Sonmarg and Gagangeer besides Zojila pass yesterday.

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