SRINAGAR: Nearly 300 stranded light motor vehicles were cleared on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday while the road stayed closed for traffic for seventh consecutive day.
A traffic police official told Kashmir Reader that more than 300 light motor vehicles crossed Banihal while no fresh traffic was allowed to ply on the highway.
“The highway was cleared for light vehicles only. Work is on to make the road through for heavy vehicles also but it will take some time,” said IG traffic Jagjit Kumar.
He said currently, the highway is not feasible for the heavy vehicles as the landslides have blocked the road. “We will see if the road is feasible for allowing traffic tomorrow,” he added.
The closure of the highway has caused shortage of eatables and essential commodities in the Valley. Thousands of passengers who remained stuck on the highway had to bear the brunt of the closure.
Meanwhile Indian Air Force on Tuesday carried out sorties of over 500 passengers who were stranded in Jammu following closure of the Jammu-Srinagar highway due to heavy rains and snowfall, to Kashmir Valley.
About 830 passengers, who were stranded at Jammu bus stand, were ferried to IAF station here in 17 SRTC buses today. Among them 530 passengers were airlifted in two sorties of IL-76 Plane to Srinagar, IAF officials said.
More sorties are likely to be operated between Udhampur and Srinagar, they said.
“The highway remains closed for traffic as fresh landslides have rendered it unsafe for vehicular movement,” an official of the Traffic Department here said.
He said landslides occurred at Mehar in Ramban and other places near Ramsoo yesterday, leaving behind a trail of muck which blocked the highway.