19 March, Jammu: After being closed for another four days in a row the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which spans 297 kms, has been re-opened today for one-way traffic. Landslides resulting from heavy rain and snowfall on various spots on the highway had forced its closure. Just a week earlier the highway had opened just briefly after a gap of seven days.
“The highway has been reopened today for light motor vehicles which will ply from Jammu towards Srinagar,” an official of the traffic department said further adding that no traffic would ply from the Srinagar side.
The 297-km highway, the only road link between Kashmir and the rest of the country, was closed for traffic on March 15 due to heavy rain and snowfall in Kashmir and Banihal on the other side of Jawahar Tunnel and rainfall in the rest of the state.
Thousands of travellers mostly carrying supplies were stuck in more than 2,000 vehicles, which were stranded along the highway due to the closure.