After remaining closed for around a week, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, only surface link between the valley and the rest of the country was thrown open for one way traffic on Monday.
Mohammad Hussain Badru, deputy superintendent of police for national highway said that 2000 trucks with essential commodities, which had got stranded at Udhampur, Batoot, Ramban, Ramsu and other places between Jawahar Tunnel and Ramsu have been cleared for onward trek and were on way to Srinagar. "Some passenger vehicles from Jammu have also been allowed to ply", he told the Hindustan Times.
The authorities have put up checkpoints at Qazigund and Khanbala to checkmate the inflow of "dead" chickens and sheep in the valley. They said that several trucks loaded with chicken and sheep had got stranded on the highway for days together and there could be the possibility that some of the livestock must have perished due to cold and hunger. "Strict instructions have been issued to pass the livestock-loaded trucks only after proper scrutiny and checking", said an official.
The highway was closed for traffic after heavy landslides washed away portions of it between Ramban and Banihal on December 5. It was opened for traffic on Saturday but was closed again due more landslides. The closure of the road had caused temporary shortage of essential commodities including vegetables and cooking gas. "Essential commodities are coming in enough quantity, and by this evening we will be available in the market", said an official of consumer affairs and public distribution system.
The authorities say that the one way traffic on the highway would continue for some days till the road is completely repaired. "The members of Border Road Organisation are busy in repairing the road. The traffic on both sides would be allowed only after it is completely repaired", say the officials.