Medium danger avalanche warning issued: Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens for one way traffic

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/17/2012 12:26:22 AM

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: After remaining closed for two consecutive days Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was reopened today for one way traffic. A medium danger avalanche warning was issued for area close to Line of Control in Kashmir and Banihal town.
Following the reopening of Srinagar-Jammu highway, traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar today.
"We allowed the traffic to move from Jammu to Srinagar today. At least 2300 Srinagar bounds vehicles oth light and heavy vehicles crossed over to this side of the tunnel till late evening," said deputy SP traffic, national highway, Farooq Ahmad. He said that due to slippery road conditions the movement of traffic remained slow which resulted in traffic jamming on the road for some time. "Tomorrow if weather allows the traffic will be from Srinagar to Jammu only and no vehicle will be allowed to move from the opposite direction," the traffic police officer said.
He also advised the drivers not to overtake in the slippery road conditions. "The overtaking of vehicles on the slippery road may not only prove dangerous but would also leads to traffic jamming. The drivers of the light and heavy vehicles are requested to maintain discipline while driving," he said.
A medium danger avalanche warning was today issued for area close to Line of Control in Kashmir and Banihal town.
"A medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for Keran Machil, Gurez, Chowkibal, Uri and Tangdhar areas where moderate to heavy snowfall was witnessed earlier in the week," Coordinator Natural Disaster Management Cell, Aamir Ali, said.
The avalanche warning has also been issued for north Kashmir Ski resort of Gulmarg, Jawahar Tunnel in south Kashmir and Banihal town. "The people living in these areas or going to these places are advised to take precautions and avoid going towards avalanche prone zones," Ali said.



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