Civilian traffic suspended on Sgr-Jmu highway

Two-way traffic to resume today

Banihal/Jammu: Civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Monday remained suspended to carry out repair works as the road was damaged by landslides recently.
Amid the repair works, only convoy of government forces was allowed to ply on the strategic highway, which connects Kashmir to rest of the country.
“No civilian vehicle was allowed to ply on the highway from either Srinagar or Jammu this morning to allow smooth passage of security convoys and to carry out some repair work on the road damaged by recent landslides in the Ramban sector,” a traffic department official said.
He said security convoys were allowed from both sides and are likely to complete their journey by 4 pm, after which civilian traffic would be resumed.
A traffic official in Srinagar said that the road has been maintained and all works were completed by 6pm.
He said that while the road is closed for traffic during night, however, it will be thrown open on today morning.
According to him, two-way traffic will be allowed to proceed on the highway today.
From Srinagar to Jammu, he said that both light motor vehicles and heavy motor vehicles will be allowed to ply. But only light motor vehicles will be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar.
The highway was damaged due to November 7 snowfall. It remained closed for several days after landslides triggered by rains and snow blocked the highway.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to restore the 434-km Srinagar-Leh National highway — the only road linking Ladakh with Kashmir — and Mughal road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
While Srinagar-Leh highway was closed for vehicular traffic on November 27 following heavy snowfall at Zojilla pass and adjoining areas, the Mughal road was closed on November 6 after the high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali along the road experienced heavy snowfall.
“The Mughal road was cleared of the snow after several weeks of hectic efforts on November 26 but a fresh spell of snowfall hampered the efforts of its early reopening,” the official said, adding that men and machines are on the job to clear the road of the snow.
Both the roads usually remain closed for winter months owing to heavy snowfall.
With PTI inputs.

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