Traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu national highway resumed on Friday evening after remaining suspended for four days due to landslides, triggered by heavy rains, officials said.
Senior Superintendent of traffic police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the national highway is through for traffic now including at Dewal bridge and stranded vehicles will be allowed to move tomorrow.
He said that they have allowed Srinagar bound stranded trucks today because of supply issues in the Valley and by tomorrow afternoon, stranded heavy vehicles will move on highway.
Meanwhile, traffic police have asked trucks up to ten wheels to use Mughal road from Jammu towards Srinagar and vice-versa.
“To safeguard the lives of the people from shooting stones at Panthiyal, NHAI has been directed by the government to repair the steel tunnel. Because of these necessary repairs, traffic will remain suspended at Panthyial from 0430 hrs (4.30am) to 0800 hrs (8am),” said an advisory.
It added that similarly, there shall be no traffic movement every Friday on Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road from either side in view of maintenance on Zojila axis.
The traffic police have also restricted heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) with more than 10 wheels from plying on Dhar Road that leads to Udhampur from Samba district.
“HMVs with only six and 10 wheels shall be allowed to ply through Dhar road. On Saturday, subject to fair weather and good road condition, only stranded vehicles between Chenani and Banihal will be cleared,” it said.
It added that on Mughal Road, subject to fair weather and good road condition, light motor vehicles (LMVs) shall be allowed from both sides and HMVs shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu on Saturday.
“LMVs followed by HMVs (up to 10 wheels) will be released from Herpora in Shopian district towards Poonch at 0900 hrs (9am) up to 1500 hrs (3pm) and LMVs will be released from Behramgalla (Buffliaz) towards Srinagar at 0900 hrs (9am) up to 1200 hrs (12 noon),” it read.
It further said that nomadic movement shall be allowed uninterrupted, subject to the situation on the road.
People were also advised to undertake journey on NHW-44 (Jammu-Srinagar national highway) only after confirming the status of the road from traffic control unit. (KNO)