One-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway despite rain, snow
Despite snow and rain, one-way traffic continues to ply on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.chandigarh Updated: Feb 28, 2012 15:31 IST
Despite snow and rain, one-way traffic continues to ply on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
Official sources said hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and empty trucks gas and oil tankers,left Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir valley on Tuesday morning for Jammu. However no vehicle was allowed from Jammu on Tuesday.
The one-way traffic continued on the highway for the past two weeks after heavy snowfall triggered landslides and shooting stones, killing 11 persons, including four members of a family.
Two-way traffic will be allowed only after receiving a green signal from the Border Roads Organisation, traffic and police officials posted at different places on the highway said.
Despite one-way traffic, there was traffic jam for several hours from Zig to Jawahar Tunnel, a passenger told UNI over phone.
He said there was fresh snowfall and rain on the highway but vehicles were moving towards Jammu.
However, sources said there was a danger of landslides and shooting stones because of snow and rains on the highway, particularly in the Jawahar Tunnel,Shaitan Nallah, Ramsu and Penthal area.
The highway remained closed for most period of January and this month due to snowfall, avalanches and slippery road condition, resulting in shortage of essentials, particularly cooking gas in the valley.
Meanwhile, the Ladakh region remained cut off from the rest of the state since December 1 last year when Zojila Pass was closed for six winter months due to snowfall. The centre and state governments have approved to construct a tunnel at Zojila to make it all weather road.
Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) also remained cut off from their respective district headquarters due to closure of the Sadhna and Razdan passes in north Kashmir.