Shooting stones disrupt traffic on NH

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/18/2018 12:16:45 PM

Mughal road, Leh-Srinagar highway remain closed

JAMMU, Dec 17: Shooting stones Monday intermittently disrupted traffic on the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Gangroo in Ramsoo area of Ramban district while historic Mughal road and national highway, connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remained closed for the eight consecutive day.
One-way traffic on National Highway was disrupted at 1030 hours, 1241 hours and 1316 hours by shooting stones at Gangroo (Ramsoo) which were cleared and the traffic was restored at 1204 hours, 1257 hours and 1434 hours respectively. According to traffic police, the shooting stones were still coming down intermittently at Gangroo and disrupting the smooth flow of traffic.
According to a handout issued by the office of Inspector General of Police, Traffic J&K, “In terms of the traffic plan already issued, today the vehicular movement on Srinagar Jammu National Highway was from Jammu to Srinagar during which around 5000 LMVs and 300 tankers crossed the Jawahar Tunnel towards Valley till 1800 hours. The traffic flow was disrupted at 1030 hours, 1241 hours & 1316 hours by shooting stones at Gangroo (Ramsoo) which were cleared and the traffic was restored at 1204 hours, 1257 hours & 1434 hours respectively.”
“The shooting stones are still coming down intermittently at Gangroo (Ramsoo) and disrupting the smooth flow of traffic. Subject to fair weather and road condition, the movement of LMVs shall be from Srinagar to Jammu tomorrow,” it added.
There were several feet of snow accumulated on the 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, at several places, including Pir-ki-Gali.
The snow has frozen due to which the road, which is seen as an alternative to Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, has become very slippery, a traffic police official said adding the district administrations from both sides of Gali are making arrangements to clear the snow.
However, there was very remote chance of resumption of traffic on the road which remains closed for six winter months due to heavy snowfall and threat of avalanches.
He said traffic also remained suspended on Srinagar-Leh highway following snowfall due to which the road has become slippery. A large number of Kashmir vehicles, including empty trucks and oil tankers
besides carrying passengers, are stranded at Drass, Kargil and other places on other side of the Zojila pass. Similarly, some vehicles were also stopped on this side of the pass in the central Kashmir district
of Ganderbal.
There is very less chance of resumption of traffic on the highway following accumulation of snow due to below freezing temperature, making snow clearance operation difficult, official sources said,
adding that there was also threat of avalanches.
The Beacon authorities will start snow clearance operation only when weather improves and there is no threat of avalanches, official sources said, adding that the highway would be declared closed for
winter if there is no improvement.
The Ladakh region remains cut off during six winter months due to heavy snowfall and snow avalanches. The Government of India (GoI) and state government have already announced to construct a tunnel at
Zojila to make it an all weather road.

 

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