JK highway opens for traffic

Ramban/Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was reopened on Thursday for vehicular traffic after remaining closed for a day due to landslides in Ramban district, officials said.
The 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was blocked by a landslide at Panthiyal area in Ramban district Thursday morning, they said.
As a result, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at different points of the highway, they said.
On Wednesday, the highway was closed at Duggi area due to the landslide, which was also cleared, the officials said.
Meanwhile, officials said that two way traffic will be allowed on the highway on Friday.
“On 28-01-2022, subject to fair weather and better road conditions LMVs (passenger) /private cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar highway viz Jammu towards Srinagar and vice- versa,” a traffic department official said in a statement. He said Traffic Control Unit Jammu/Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic, he said.
He said cut off for LMVs/private cars from Nagrota (Jammu) will be at 0800 hours to 1200 hours, from Jakheni (Udhampur) at 0900 hours to 1300 hours and from Navyug Tunnel (Qazigund side) 0900 hours to 1300 hours “(subject to change depending on the road position then)”
He said no vehicle shall be allowed before and after cut off timings.
Regarding HMVs/Load carriers, he said, “subject to fair weather and better road conditions, they shall be allowed from NAVYUG Tunnel (Qazigund side) towards Jammu after assessing the traffic situation on highwaya.” He said TCU Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the highway.
Meanwhile, Mughal Road, connecting Shopian with Poonch and Rajouri districts, remained closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali.
Also, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road remained shut for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation on Zoji la axis and has been closed till further orders. Kishtwar-Sinthan road also remained closed in view of snow accumulation, the traffic department official said.

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