Heavy rains, shooting stones disrupt traffic on Sgr-Jmu highway

As Kashmir was lashed by heavy rainfall on Tuesday, it lead to shooting stones on the 270-kilometer Srinagar-Jammu National Highway causing trucks being stranded at various places. 

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic ( Highway), Ajay Anand stationed at Ramban told Greater Kashmir that shooting stones at Panthiyal and Monkey Morh on the highway, during evening caused disruption in movement of traffic.

However, Anand said road clearance was underway and movement of trucks on their way to the Valley was expected to be restored soon.

“We have men and machinery on the job for making the road travel-worthy. Shooting stones are hampering the road clearance process but we hope road will be restored for traffic soon,” Anand said.

Meanwhile, a traffic advisory issued here said subject to fair weather and road conditions, only essential vehicles carrying goods will be allowed to move on the highway on Wednesday. 

The highway had remained closed for six days last week due to landslides. Frequent closure of the highway has choked supplies to the Valley causing inconvenience to people already reeling under the prevailing situation owing to Covid-19.

A shortage of goods especially mutton and other perishables has been witnessed in the markets for last several days due to highway closure. However, as per officials stocks were being replenished and enforcement squads were taking action against profiteers.