Traffic on the 300 Km long Srinagar-Jammu Highway was affected after the occurrence of landslides at various locations. Heavy rain and cloudburst at Kud district resulted in massive destruction, taking life of 3 residents. A traffic police official told Media Sources that several houses were damaged in the main market in Batote and Kud districts.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking Ladakh with Kashmir and historic Mughal road are through for traffic with some restrictions.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men and cleared the landslides. All the vehicles which were stranded on the highway were later allowed to proceed towards their respective destinations. However, passenger vehicles will ply from both sides while heavy vehicles were allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only. He said that keeping in view the condition of the road, only one way movement of traffic is possible on Kashmir highway.
As such today, movement of heavy traffic, including trucks and oil tankers, was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu side only today. However, passenger traffic will ply from both sides with some restrictions.
He said historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was also through for traffic. Movement of traffic was allowed from 0800 hrs upto 1200 hrs from Buflaiz towards Shopian and from 1300 hrs upto 1600 hrs from Shopian towards Buflaiz on the road which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway