Srinagar-Jammu NHW open for one-way traffic

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/14/2019 12:19:10 PM

SRINAGAR, May 13: National highway, the only all-weather road connecting the valley with the rest of the country, was through for one-way and vehicles plied from Srinagar to Jammu today, official sources said.
Meanwhile, the national highway linking Ladakh region with Kashmir and the historic 86-km-long Mughal road was also through for one-way traffic today, sources said.
Despite security force convoy day on Sunday, only stranded vehicles on the Srinagar-Jammu highway were allowed to move towards their respective destinations, they added. Earlier, the authorities had imposed a two-day ban on civilian traffic in a week, Sunday and Wednesday, on the highway to allow free and secure movement of security forces convoy. However, Wednesday ban has been lifted.
They said that after clearing the vehicles, stranded after the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed from May 9 evening due to landslides and shooting stones at several places, including at Digdol, it was decided to allow traffic from Srinagar to Jammu on Monday. No vehicle was allowed from opposite direction. This is for the first time that traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu on Monday on the highway. Traffic was last allowed from Srinagar to Jammu on May 6 and only stranded vehicles were allowed on May 7 and May 8 as it was the convoy day and therefore traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on May 9, when the highway was closed due to landslides and shooting stones in the evening.
A traffic police spokesman said that Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) and Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) were allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu on Monday.
He said that only one-way traffic plied Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. Due to uncertain condition of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, majority vehicles now prefer to travel on Mughal road, which was reopened recently after remaining closed due to accumulation of snow for about six months. On Monday, traffic plied from Shopian to other side of the Pir-ki-Gali, he said.
On Monday, traffic plied from Srinagar to Leh on the national highway, linking Ladakh with Kashmir, traffic official said. He added that no vehicle was allowed from opposite direction.



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