A big number of Vehicles, including those carrying essentials for the valley left from Jammu this morning as the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was opened for one-way traffic after the stranded vehicles were cleared last night.
Only one-way traffic will ply on the 300 km long highway that connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country till further orders.
A traffic police official said, “Following the landslides and shooting stones and boulders, traffic on the highway had to be stopped. Such instances are common and this time were triggered by the recent heavy rains, at several places on the Kashmir side of the Jawahar tunnel yesterday morning. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which is responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately sprung into action and put into service sophisticated machines and men and cleared the landslides.
More than 800 vehicles, which were stranded at Lower Monda and other places on this side of the tunnel, were later allowed to move towards Jammu yesterday afternoon.
The traffic cop added, “The reason behind not allowing any vehicle to ply from Srinagar to Jammu is to avoid any traffic jam or accident. There were fresh landslides and a portion of road was also damaged at Patnitop due to heavy rains. However, BRO immediately removed all the debries and allowed one-way traffic.”
He said trucks loaded with essentials and passenger vehicles left Jammu for Kashmir this morning though the sky was cloudy.
Meanwhile, the Zojila pass, connecting the Ladakh region with the Kashmir valley remained closed since December last year due to accumulation of several feet of snow. The Mughal road, linking the south Kashmir with Jammu region also remained closed due to snow.