Vehicles to move from Sgr to Jmu today
Highway Reopens, Weather To Improve From Tuesday
Srinagar Dec 16: The 300 km Srinagar-Jammu highway, only road connecting Valley with rest of the world, was opened for one-way traffic on Sunday and hundreds of stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Srinagar, officials said.
“The road was cleared and the stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Srinagar. One-way vehicular traffic remained normal on the highway throughout the day as vehicles moved from Jammu to Srinagar, without any interruption. Rain and snow started near Jawahar Tunnel in the morning for sometime, but after that, the traffic moved smoothly,” said SP Traffic Rural, Manzoor Ahmad Dalal.
Traffic authorities said that in case weather remains pleasant on Monday the traffic would ply from Srinagar to Jammu. “The passenger vehicles are directed to cross the Qazigund before 12 noon, after that no passenger vehicle would be allowed to move towards Jammu,” the SP said.
Meanwhile, an official of the local MeT department said: “Weather will improve from tomorrow and there are chances of moderate rainfall and snowfall over isolated parts of the Valley. Weather will remain pleasant from December 18 onwards.”
He said Srinagar recorded 0.7 mm of rainfall in last 24 hours while as Qazigund recorded 36.2 mm rain and snowfall.
The official said that temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, today showed an increase, with summer capital recording minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees, an increase 0.9 degree than last night and maximum of 9.3 degree Celsius. Qazigund town recorded minimum temperature of 0.2 and maximum of 2.2 degree Celsius.
The ski resort of Gulmarg remained the coldest place of the Valley, recording a minimum temperature of minus 9 degree Celsius.
Reports said that hundreds of passengers had to walk from Qazigund to Banihal after they were duped by the private taxi operators. “They (private taxi operators) said that traffic movement from both sides is allowed and when we reached Qazigund, we were stopped and then we had to walk foot from Qazigund to Banihal,” a duped passenger told Greater Kashmir over phone.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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