No fresh traffic allowed on Kashmir highway, only stranded vehicles to be cleared

SRINAGAR: No fresh vehicle was allowed on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, as only stranded vehicles were being cleared on Sunday after partially restoring the road.
However, Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, and historic 86-km-long Mughal road, remained closed for the past over a month due to accumulation of snow.
A traffic police official said that the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was put through partially on Sunday morning after clearing snow accumulated on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel.
However, he said in view of inclement weather conditions as well as weather forecast fresh snowfall, no fresh vehicle shall be allowed to ply on the highway on Sunday.
He said about 2000 Kashmir-bound vehicles, stranded at various place on the highway due to snowfall, were allowed to move on the highway.
People are advised to undertake journey on national highway only after confirming status of the road, he said.
The highway was opened for traffic on Saturday morning after remaining closed since Friday due to snowf ll. However, the national highway was again closed for traffic on Saturday evening following heavy snowfall. (agencies)