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'Traffic on J&K highway restored'

india Updated: Aug 14, 2008 14:20 IST
Traffic on J&K highway completely restored : Army

The 300km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, has been completely restored for traffic with normal movement of vehicles carrying essential supplies going on along the route.

"Normal traffic is going on along the highway, which was completely restored for vehicular traffic on August 4. There is no economic blockade as is being propogated," Defence spokesman, Lt Col SD Goswami said, adding that over 6668 trucks and tankers carrying essential supplies have plied along the route since August 5.

Terming the allegation of an economic blockade totally wrong and baseless, Goswami said nearly 700 vehicles including trucks and tankers moved in and out of valley daily.

Army, which has been assigned the job to keep the highway trafficable, has intensified patrolling along the route with army escorts accompanying all trucks and tankers plying along the highway, he said.

"There has been no incident of an attack on any fruit-laden trucks or tankers during the past one week and traffic is totally normal," he said.

Kashmir-based separatist and mainstream political parties had alleged that the highway was closed by the Amarnath protesters to engineer an 'economic blockade' to the valley, observing a shutdown for the last two days in protest.