Jammu-Srinagar Highway Update: One-way traffic for 2nd consecutive day today
Srinagar, May 7: Up-convoy will continue for ply for the second consecutive day today on the Kashmir national highway to allow free movement of vehicles, including those carrying Darbar Move officials, from winter capital Jammu to Srinagar.
The Darbar, seat of the government, including the office of Chief Minister, her cabinet colleagues and top bureaucrats, will reopen in summer capital, Srinagar, tomorrow after functioning from winter capital, Jammu, for six months.
The authorities had announced that only up convoy will be allowed on May 6 and 7 to allow free movement of employees from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway, the only road linking Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
We allowed traffic from Jammu to Srinagar today also as per government directions, a traffic police official told UNI.
He said no vehicle, including Army and paramilitary forces would be allowed from opposite direction. Only one-way traffic is plying on Srinagar-Jammu highway since January this year when the road was damaged at several places due to landslides, triggered by rain and snow. Efforts are being made to make the highway two-way by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintainance of the road. However, he said, only one way traffic on 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region , will continue. Today traffic will ply from Shopian to other side of the Pir-ki-Gali, he said adding no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction. The national highway, linking the Ladakh region with the Kashmir valley remained closed and is likely to reopen within next couple of days. The snow clearance operation has been completed from Drass to Zero-point Gumri, he said.
The official said decision to resume traffic on the highway will depend on the completion of snow clearance operation from Sonmarg side. Major area of the 62-km-long track between Sonmarg-Zojilla-Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, received more than ten feet of snow during this winter. There was fresh snowfall at Zojila, Meenmarg and Zero-Point early last week, officials said. The highway between Sonmarg-Zojila-Drass was closed due to heavy snowfall and slippery road condition in December last year. However, from Drass-Kargil to Leh highway was through though with some disruption in between due to snowfall.