National highway through after several hours of disruption

Srinagar: Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through after remaining disrupted for several hours due to landslides, triggered by heavy rain and cloudburst.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking Ladakh with Kashmir and historic Mughal road are through for traffic with some restrictions.
A traffic police official said here that traffic was suspended yesterday due to landslides, triggered by heavy rain and cloud burst at several places in Doda and Udhampur districts, particularly at Batote and Kud, where a number of houses and shops were damaged in main markets on the highway.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men and cleared the landslides.
All the vehicles which were stranded on the highway were later allowed to proceed towards their respective destinations.
However, passenger vehicles will ply from both sides while heavy vehicles were allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only.
He said that keeping in view the condition of the road, only one way movement of traffic is possible on Kashmir highway. As such today, movement of heavy traffic, including trucks and oil tankers, was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu side only today. However, passenger traffic will ply from both sides with some restrictions.
He said historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was also through for traffic.

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