Srinagar-Jammu highway re-opens

Only stranded vehicles being cleared, says Traffic police

Srinagar-Jammu highway re-opens

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Saturday partially cleared Srinagar-Jammu highway two days after it was closed for vehicular traffic.
Superintendent of Police Traffic (rural) Muzaffar Shah told Kashmir Reader that vehicles which were heading towards Kashmir were cleared.
“Now the vehicles moving out from Kashmir will be also allowed,” he added.
“No fresh vehicles have permission to ply until the stranded ones are cleared. They are some 10,000 in number which at present are moving out from the Valley,” he said.
The traffic movement on the treacherous highway was suspended after rains lashed the Valley.
For two weeks now, authorities have been on toes clearing one landslide after the other, throwing traffic open intermittently.
The Mughal road which connects Kashmir to twin district of Poonch and Rajouri is also closed for traffic.
The road, which usually remains closed during the winter months, was closed on November 6 after high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali experienced first major snowfall of the season.
Pir Ki Gali and adjoining areas along the Mughal Road witnessed snowfall over the past couple of days, officials said, adding a decision to reopen the road will be taken once the weather improves.
Director MeT Sonam Lotus said light rainfall will continue in some areas. However, weather will remain dry from November 18.

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