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

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 on Monday to allow smooth passage of security convoys and to facilitate maintenance of the road damaged by recent landslides, traffic department officials said.

“No civilian vehicle was allowed to ply on the highway from either Srinagar or Jammu this morning to allow smooth passage of security convoys and to carry out some repair work on the road damaged by recent landslides in the Ramban sector,” a traffic department official said. He said security convoys from both sides were likely to complete their journey by evening, after which civilian traffic would be resumed.

2-WAY LMV TRAFFIC ON TUESDAY:

Traffic Police officials said 2-way light motor vehicle traffic from both Jammu and Srinagar would be allowed to move on the highway on Tuesday. Officials said heavy vehicles including trucks would be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu but only in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to restore the 434-km Srinagar-Leh National highway — the only road linking Ladakh with Kashmir Valley– and Mughal Road which connects the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

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

“The Mughal Road was cleared of the snow after several weeks of hectic efforts on November 26 but a fresh spell of snowfall hampered the efforts for its early reopening,” the official said, adding that men and machines were on the job to clear the road of the snow.

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