One-way traffic plies on Srinagar-Jammu highway
One-way traffic from the valley continued to ply on the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway despite slippery road condition and landslides triggered by heavy rains at different places.
On Monday, vehicles, including those carrying passengers and empty trucks, gas and oil tankers, left different parts of the valley for Jammu. No vehicle was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar.
However, this was contested by people who alleged that traffic and local police were allowing vehicles, particularly trucks from both sides, whose drivers paid bribes.
They said that despite prior announcement that only vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed to ply on the highway on Sunday, hundreds of vehicles from Srinagar to Jammu were allowed that resulted in major traffic jams
Commuters who left Jammu at 6.30am on Sunday had reached Srinagar at 03.30am on Monday morning because of traffic jams.
One Fayaz Ahmad, who was traveling along with his minor son, alleged that though traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on Sunday, hundreds of trucks could be seen moving towards Jammu from Srinagar, leading to traffic chaos.
He said that the road was also very slippery due to heavy rains. He alleged that there were not traffic police officials enroute and commuters were trying to regulate traffic on their own.
Officials said that there was threat of landslides and shooting stones between Jawahar Tunnel, Shaitan Nallah, Ramsu and Ramban areas on the highway because of fresh rains. The threat remains even if there is improvement in weather conditions, they said.
The highway, the only road connecting the Kashmir valley to the rest of the country, remained frequently closed during this winter because of heavy snowfall, landslides and avalanches which claimed 11 lives in February.