Traffic to ply from Jammu to Srinagar for 2nd day on Saturday

SRINAGAR: Only one-way traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar for the second day on Saturday on the highway, which connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

Due to encounter between militants and security forces at Nagrota in Jammu and slippery road conditions on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel on Friday, traffic movement was affected on the highway. Three militants were killed and a police constable was injured in the encounter on Friday, when traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar.

”As per traffic police, only one-way traffic was allowed on the highway today and vehicles are to ply from Jammu to Srinagar for the second day on Saturday. No vehicle was allowed from opposite direction,” police said.

Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) are allowed this morning up to 1100 hrs to cross the Nagrota and Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) in the afternoon. HMVs are carrying essentials, including vegetables besides oil and LPG tankers for Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks loaded with fruit, empty oil and LPG tankers are stranded on this side of the Jawahar tunnel.

There is no chance of reopening of the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) Ladakh with Kashmir, and 98-km-long Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, and Anantnag-Kishtwar road which remained closed for about two months. These roads are likely to reopen in April-May.


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