Chronic jams continue to hit traffic on Jammu-Sgr highway

Chronic jams and snarl amid long queues of trucks and other vehicles between Ramban and Banihal continue to hit traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar Highway, courtesy.
Chronic jams continue to hit traffic on Jammu-Sgr highway
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Chronic jams and snarl amid long queues of trucks and other vehicles between Ramban   and Banihal continue to hit traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar Highway, courtesy.

According to locals, the traffic mess on the 300 kilometer arterial link between Jammu and Kashmir valley has become a routine for the last over one month.

"Traffic police stop us at Jammu, Nagrota check post, Ban Toll Plaza, Udhampur, Chanderkote and Ramsoo area in between Jammu and Banihal Tunnel and force to halt for 20 hours", a trucker said, adding, "Only between Ramsoo and Banihal Tunnel, they stop us for 4-6 long hours".

Another trucker of Punjab said, "Suppose if I start my journey at 12 pm from Ramsoo, I'll be stopped for around 6 hours. But to cross the tunnel, I have to reach there at 5 pm".

Authorities claim they stop the Kashmir-bound vehicles at Banihal tunnel at 5 pm in view of tension in valley.

The tunnel is opened for vehicular movement at 9 am, according to officials.

However, according to truckers, even   Jammu-bound vehicles are stopped at Qazigund and Lower Munda area.

Truck driver-Yam Rama Kalinda of Tamil Nadu-who visited Sopore town of Kashmir valley six times this season said, "We plan our visit to valley keeping in mind, it will take 20-22 hours in between Jammu and Srinagar".

He also recalled how he paid Rs 1000 as bribe to traffic officials every time he visited Kashmir valley.

"Doesn't matter you have documents. You have to pay to traffic officials in between Ramban and Banihal", he said.

Meanwhile, according to locals residing in between Naugam, Digdol and Ramban, the students suffer a lot due to the traffic mess.

They said in the last one month, sometimes their children reach home 5 to 6 hour late.

Local transporters in these areas also slam the administration and traffic police for their failure to regulate the traffic on the highway.

"For last one month, most of the local transporters have kept their vehicles parked inside the four walls of their houses because of the congestion and traffic mess", a transporter, declining to be named said.

The truckers as well as locals appealed administration to streamline the traffic as soon as possible.

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