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Srinagar, Dec 9: There is no coordination between the traffic officials in Kashmir and Jammu on the status of Srinagar-Jammu highway leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in both the regions. Sou...

Srinagar, Dec 9: There is no coordination between the traffic officials in Kashmir and Jammu on the status of Srinagar-Jammu highway leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in both the regions.
Sources said traffic officials are not sure whether the highway is open or not, and whether to allow the traffic on either side because there is no proper exchange of information about the status of the highway between officials monitoring the condition of the road and the traffic authorities.
"Here no one wants to take risk. If the police authorities here does not have green signal from the senior police officials manning traffic on Srinagar –Jammu Highway, how could they allow traffic from Srinagar," said a police official on condition of anonymity. He said if traffic police authorities here allow to traffic from Srinagar and some incident takes place then who will be held responsible. "Let them give directions what we have to do," said an official.
The SSP Traffic Jammu said he has no information whether it is open or not. He said whenever directions come from the concerned traffic police officials manning Srinagar –Jammu Highway the road will be opened as per their directions. He said traffic would not be opened till the stranded passengers are evacuated.
A senior police official posted at the Highway said he was regularly passing information to the SSP Jammu and the SSP Srinagar about the condition of the road. "But at times we get stuck at some place where our mobile phones as well as wireless sets stop working leading to break in communication," he said.
He said he had allowed traffic movement of standard vehicles from 2:45 PM to 4:30 PM but again road got blocked at Pathan 168 kms due to shooting stones. He said it would take three hours on Sunday to clear the road if weather remains clear.
Earlier, media reports said the highway was thrown open for traffic after five days of closure. This confusion was created after the road was opened for some time and got blocked again due to shooting stones.

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