Srinagar-Jammu highway open

Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
Jammu-Srinagar national highway. File/ GK

Ramban: The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained open for scheduled two-way traffic of Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) and one-way traffic of Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) for Kashmir on Thursday.

However, traffic authorities said that during the last 24 hours up to 5 pm on Thursday, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained blocked for 5 hours and 8 minutes due to the closure of the Banihal-Qazigund Tunnel.

They said that the movement of traffic remained slow due to the breakdown of nine vehicles on the highway. 

Traffic officials monitoring the regulation of traffic on the highway in Ramban said that scheduled two-way traffic of private cars, passenger light, and medium vehicles plied as usual on either side of the highway.

They said HMVs including oil and gas tankers carrying essential supplies were heading towards Kashmir in a regulated manner on the highway.  

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Traffic Police Headquarters issued a fresh advisory for Friday stating that subject to fair weather and road clearance, private cars, and passenger LMVs would be allowed from both sides on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. They asked the Traffic Control Unit (TCU) Jammu and TCU Srinagar to liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing traffic on Friday morning.

The cut-off timing for Kashmir-bound LMVs has been fixed from 8 am to 11 am for Nagrota, Jammu, and 9 am to 12 pm from Jakhani, Udhampur.

The cut-off timing for Jammu-bound LMVs has been fixed from 8 am to 11 am from Qazigund, Kashmir.

“No vehicle will be allowed to move before and after the cut off timings,” the advisory said.

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