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Srinagar-Jammu highway reopens, only stranded vehicles allowed

Srinagar, Mar 9 (GCCurrentAffairs) Traffic was resumed on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Monday, a day after remaining suspended owing to landslides and shooting stones.
However, only stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards their respective destinations before allowing fresh traffic from Srinagar or Jammu, a traffic police official told UNI.

Meanwhile, massive snow clearance operation by Beacon project was going on to put through the highway, connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir. The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway remained closed for the past about three months due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.

The 86-km-long historic Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar road remained closed for the past over two months due to accumulation of snow.

The National Highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was closed due to landslides and shooting stones, triggered by rain between Ramban and Ramsu yesterday.

Following which the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) put into service sophisticated machines and men, and traffic was resumed this morning. Only stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards their respective destinations, he said adding decision to allow fresh traffic will be taken only after all stranded vehicles are cleared.

He said only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway till further orders on the highway as the road is very narrow and damaged at several places between Ramban and Ramsu where only one vehicle could pass easily.

The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed for the past over two months. It will take about two more months to put through road which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway. The Anantnag-Kishtwar road also remained closed due to snow. There was fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours at several places on both the roads.

Via UNI-India

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