Day 4: Shooting stones affect traffic movement

The traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was affected for the fourth consecutive day Saturday due to intermittent shooting of stones from a hillock.

No fresh vehicular traffic was allowed on the 270-km Highway, either from Jammu or Srinagar, over the past three days owing to multiple landslides and shooting of stones at several places, including Anokhi fall, Battery Cheshma and MokeyMorh in Ramban district, officials said. 

Though road clearance agency had removed the debris from the road, the authorities decided against allowing fresh traffic on the Highway on Thursday to facilitate over 2,500 stranded vehicles, the officials said.

However, a massive landslide again hit the road on Thursday-Friday night at Monkey Morh, once again halting the movement of the traffic.

The traffic was allowed to move on Friday morning but continuous shooting of stones hampered the smooth movement of vehicles, they said. 

“The road is open, but the traffic is moving at a slow pace due to intermittent shooting of stones at Monkey Morh. We are hopeful of clearing the remaining 600 stranded vehicles, mostly trucks, by this evening,” Senior Superintendent of Police, National Highway, Jatinder Singh Johar told PTI.

He said since there will be convoy movement on Sunday, no civilian vehicle will be allowed from either Jammu or Srinagar.

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Commuters alleged that the “mismanagement and poor regulation” of traffic was putting them to inconvenience on the state’s principal road.

“It has become a norm on the Highway that commuters remain stuck in traffic jams for hours owing to lack of traffic regulation,” said a commuter, AshiqHussain. “It seems as if people have been left on the mercy of Almighty by the Traffic Police and Transport department.”

Besides patients, students and government employees who ply regularly on the Highway, are worst suffers, he said.