J&K : Traffic on highway resumes, only stranded vehicles allowed to move

Traffic on the national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, has resumed after remaining suspended since yesterday due to landslide, triggered by heavy rain.

However, only stranded vehicles from both sides have been allowed to move towards their respective destinations since this evening, a traffic police official told.

According to IG Traffic Jagjeet Kumar,  only light motor vehicles will be allowed to move from Jammu and Srinagar  tomorrow that too in a regulated way as the bridge is  not safe for heavy traffic. “For allowing heavy traffic, a diversion on the Valley side near the damaged bridge is being created, which  will take around a week’s time  to be developed,” he added.

A large number of trucks are  stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and it will take a few days to clear all, particularly loaded ones.

This morning, stranded light vehicles were allowed to cross the bridge after debris of the landslide was removed but the movement  was stopped again after a chaos like situation emerged  there owing to massive traffic jam, particularly by the roadside parked trucks from Chenani to the landslide site.

Meanwhile, the damaged bridge was again got inspected by the Engineers of Gammon India Ltd, who conveyed that only light vehicles and heavy traffic in a controlled manner (20 kmph and one vehicle at a time) may be permitted  with constant  monitoring  the settlements, if any.

Traffic was suspended since yesterday evening on 300-km-long national highway due to a big landslide, triggered by rain at Marog in Ramban in Jammu region.

However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, put into service sophisticated machines and men and put through the highway again.

“It was decided that no fresh vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar or Jammu till all stranded vehicles from both sides are cleared,” the official said.

Meanwhile, light vehicular traffic plied on both the sides on historic 86-km-long Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, which has been seen as alternative to the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

“However, heavy vehicles today plied from Shopian to Rajouri-Poonch on the road today,” they added.
He said the traffic on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which connects Ladakh region with rest of the state, was also plying normally.