Jammu-Srinagar highway re-opens for traffic after day-long closure

2-way light motor vehicle traffic today; efforts on to restore Sgr-Leh highway, Mughal Road
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The arterial Srinagar-Jammu National Highway re-opened for traffic Monday evening after remaining closed for a day.

Civilian traffic on the 270-km highway was suspended onMonday to allow smooth passage of security convoys and to facilitatemaintenance of the road damaged by recent landslides, traffic departmentofficials said.

"No civilian vehiclewas allowed to ply on the highway from either Srinagar or Jammu this morning toallow smooth passage of security convoys and to carry out some repair work onthe road damaged by recent landslides in the Ramban sector," a trafficdepartment official said. He said security convoys from both sides were likelyto complete their journey by evening, after which civilian traffic would beresumed.


Traffic Police officialssaid 2-way light motor vehicle traffic from both Jammu and Srinagar would beallowed to move on the highway on Tuesday. Officials said heavy vehiclesincluding trucks would be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu but only inthe afternoon.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to restore the 434-km Srinagar-LehNational highway — the only road linking Ladakh with Kashmir Valley– andMughal Road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammuregion with south Kashmir's Shopian district.

While Srinagar-Leh highwaywas closed for vehicular traffic on November 27 following heavy snowfall atZojilla pass and adjoining areas, the Mughal Road was closed on November 6after the high altitude areas including Pir Ki Gali along the road experiencedheavy snowfall.

"The Mughal Road was cleared of the snow after severalweeks of hectic efforts on November 26 but a fresh spell of snowfall hamperedthe efforts for its early reopening," the official said, adding that menand machines were on the job to clear the road of the snow.

Both the roads usually remain closed for winter months owingto heavy snowfall.

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