Vehicles ply from Jammu to Srinagar; NHW through for one-way traffic

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/18/2019 4:12:49 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 17: Jammu-Srinagar national highway was through for one way traffic today.
Vehicles plied from Jammu to Srinagar, a traffic police official said.
However, other roads including Srinagar-Ladakh highway, historic Mughal Road and Anantnag-Kishtwar, remained shut due to accumulation of snow.
The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was open for only one-way traffic as road widening and repair continued at several places besides frequent landslides and shooting stones.
Today, both light motor vehicles (MLVs) and heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) plied from Jammu to Srinagar with some restrictions to avoid any traffic jam, official said.
No vehicle, including security force convoy, was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu to avoid traffic jam, he said.
In case of any emergency, people were asked to contact traffic control unit (TCU) where the officer concerned took decision whether to allow the particular vehicle to ply from opposite direction or not.
He said all LMVs were allowed to ply from 6.00 AM from Nagrota, Jammu till 1200 hrs.
However, from Jakheni, Udhampur, the LMVs were allowed to ply between 7.00 AM to 1.30 PM, he said, adding that the HMVs were allowed from Udhampur after 1.00 PM to 7.00 PM only. No vehicle was allowed after the deadline, he added.
People were advised to contact TCUs at Srinagar, Jammu and Ramban before starting their journey on the highway.
He said over 3,000 passenger vehicles, trucks carrying fruit and empty oil tankers had reached Jammu safely yesterday.
Traffic official said the national highway linking Ladakh region with Kashmir remained closed due to accumulation of snow for the past about two months.
However, the highway between Drass, the second coldest place in the world where the minimum temperature today was minus 22 degree, border town of Kargil and Leh was through.
The union government has sanctioned construction of tunnel to make it an all-weather road between Kashmir to Leh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the tunnel. However, it is reported that the only contractor, who had filed tender for construction of tunnel, has now backed out.
Fresh tenders would be issued now, official sources said, adding it will further delay construction of tunnel, a long pending demand of people of Ladakh who remained cut off from the rest of the country for winter months.
Traffic official said the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also remained closed due to snow. There is no immediate chance of reopening of the road, which is seen as alternative to the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The road linking Anantnag in south Kashmir to Kishtwar in Jammu region also remained shut due to accumulation of snow.



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