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Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopens

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 13:03 IST

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway reopened on Saturday after remaining closed for most part of the day on Friday.

However, Amarnath pilgrims were not allowed to proceed on their journey as a precautionary measure.

The 300 km arterial road was opened after landslides at Ramban, Digdole and Banihal triggered by heavy rains were cleared, police said.

The vehicles, including passenger buses, which were held up at various points on the highway were allowed to move towards their destinations this morning, senior Superintendent of Police, Highway, Suresh Sharma informed.

He said the movement of traffic on the highway was restricted to one way -- Jammu to Srinagar-- to enable traffic authorities to clear the stranded vehicles.

However, no vehicle was allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu, Sharma said.

The stranded passengers included 179 pilgrims bound for Amarnath. They have started their march towards the destinations early today.

No fresh batch of Amarnath pilgrims was though allowed to move on the highway from the base camp of MAM statium in Jammu, officials said.

Meanwhile, a fresh batch of 311 pilgrims left Jammu for Budha Amarnath in Poonch district as per schedule.

Comprising of 280 men and 31 women the batch left in eight buses from the city, they said.