Traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway
The 300 km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link between Valley and the rest of India, was reopened on Friday after remaining shut for three days due to landslides, torrential rains, hailstorm and heavy snowfall.Updated: Mar 14, 2014 21:35 IST
The 300 km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link between Valley and the rest of India, was reopened on Friday after remaining shut for three days due to landslides, torrential rains, hailstorm and heavy snowfall.
The arterial road was closed on Tuesday.
National Highway superintendent of police Haseeb Mugal said, "Today, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was opened for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar. Till 5 pm, nearly 6,500 vehicles (passenger as well commercial) have crossed the Jawahar Tunnel. Traffic will be allowed till eight in the night. We hope that around 8,000 vehicles reach Srinagar by tonight."
"On Saturday, weather permitting, traffic would be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu", he said.
The SP added, "Right now, there is no stranded vehicle on the highway. On Thursday, we have cleared around 3,500 vehicles stranded on various sectors along the highway."
"We have cleared the road for the smooth movement of vehicles. There is still debris on both sides, which is being cleared by Border Roads Organisation (BRO)," said Mugal.
The SP also informed that vehicular traffic on inter-district roads, including Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar road,
which was closed for the last four days, has been restored.
"Around 4 pm, after the road was cleared of debris the traffic from Batote towards Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah was given a go-ahead," he said.
First Published: Mar 14, 2014 21:34 IST