Srinagar: The Jammu-Srinagar highway was thrown open for one way traffic on Wednesday with vehicles plying from Jammu to Srinagar.
Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Jagjit Kumar told Kashmir Reader that all efforts were made to clear road off landslides and restore traffic at earliest.
“The traffic plied smoothly today (on Wednesday). But, a minor landslide occurred at one place, which was cleared immediately,” he said.
He said that subject to the weather conditions, traffic would be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu on Thursday.
Earlier, Kumar took stock of the condition of the highway, especially in the aftermath of landslides, shooting stones at various places, especially at Mehar (Ramban), Panthyal and Ramsoo on Wednesday.
During the inspection, the IG Traffic asked the road maintenance agencies to take extra efforts to make the highway worthy for two-way traffic.
The closure of highway over the last week has created shortage of essentials in the valley.
Residents complained that while mutton and chicken have largely disappeared from the market, vegetable are scarce and overpriced, while at some places petrol pumps have also closed.
“I was shocked to find petrol pump shut at Baghi Ali Mardan,” said Inayal Ali, a resident of Lal Bazar. “He had no fuel.”
People complained that broiler chicken were sold at the rate of 155/kg and more, at some places in the city.