The Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which connects Kashmir Valley to the rest of the country, was on Sunday opened for traffic after remaining cut off for two days due to snowfall. Nearly 2,000 vehicles bound for Jammu were allowed to leave from Srinagar, as only one-way traffic movement was allowed.
Traffic on the 294-km arterial road was stopped on Friday following snowfall in the areas around Jawahar Tunnel, and only those vehicles were allowed to move yesterday which had been stranded a day earlier.
Superintendent of police National Highway Haseeb Mugal said, "On Sunday, 2,000 vehicles from Srinagar, including commercial and private, crossed Lower Munda, Qazigund Srinagar till the afternoon. On Monday, traffic from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed on the highway."
"For two hours in the afternoon, 133 vehicles stranded on Saturday were also allowed to move towards Srinagar. Besides, 125 passenger vehicles and eight commercial vehicles carrying essential items, including petrol, diesel, foodstuff, cooking gas, and medicines, were allowed to move towards Srinagar. These vehicles had been stranded at Ramban and Bannihal areas," he added.
The SP claimed, "We have cleared all the snow from the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The snow, melting due to sunshine, is leaving the road slippery, hindering the movement of heavy vehicles on both sides of Jawahar Tunnel."
(With PTI inputs from Srinagar)