Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway after clearing landslides

Srinagar: Traffic was resumed on Saturday on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after weekly maintenance day on Friday, when there were fresh landslides.
However, the national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir remained shut though snow clearance operation has almost been completed.
Meanwhile, the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region remained closed since December last year due to accumulation of snow, particularly at Pir-ki-Gali.
However, massive snow clearance operation was going on Anantnag-Kishtwar road which is likely to reopen for traffic about a month earlier this time.
There is a fresh forecast for rain and snow from February 22 to 27 in the Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
A traffic police official told UNI that traffic on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended yesterday to allow National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to undertake necessary maintenance and repair work. The UT administration has decided to suspend traffic on every Friday for maintenance.
However, there was huge landslides yesterday on the highway at Ramsu. However, NHAI besides undertaking weekly maintenance of the road, also put into service sophisticated machines and removed the landslides.
We allowed one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar today, a traffic police official said. However, he said. Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Nagrota between 0500 hrs to 1000 hrs and Jakheni Udhampur 0600 hrs to 1100 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed after cut off timing, he said adding Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed after LMVs from Udhampur.
He said security forces are advised not to ply against traffic advisory in view of traffic congestion on the highway. They too will ply from Jammu to Srinagar, he said.