Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway, Leh, Mughal roads open

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SRINAGAR: Two-way Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic was resumed on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Thursday after being suspended for a day for weekly maintenance, while only Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs), stranded between Banihal and Ramban, will be allowed to move towards winter capital.
Meanwhile, the national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar roads are through for traffic, a traffic police official said today.
He said no vehicle was being allowed from Srinagar or Jammu on the highway in view of weekly maintenance on Wednesday, particularly between Nashree and Jawahar tunnel.
However, this morning LMVs, passengers, were allowed from Srinagar and Jammu, he said, adding that the Kashmir-bound vehicles had to cross Nagrota between 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs and Jakheni Udhampur from 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs.
Similarly Jammu-bound vehicles had to cross Zig Qazigund between 0700 hrs to 1200 hrs, he said, adding that no vehicle will be allowed before and after the cut off timing.
The administration has announced that traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway will remain suspended on every Wednesday to allow National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to carry out necessary weekly maintenance and repair of the road, particularly between Nashree and Jawahar tunnel where road widening is also going on.
He said one-way traffic was being allowed on the Srinagar-Leh national highway. Today vehicles will ply from Srinagar to Leh on the highway, he said, adding that however, Ladakh-bound vehicles had to leave from Sonamarg in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal between 0700 hrs to 1500 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed before or after cut off timing, he added.
Meanwhile, Mughal road, which connects Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was through for traffic. However, passenger vehicles and pedestrian movement will remain suspended. Only vehicles, including trucks carrying perishable fruit and vegetables besides empty trucks and oil tankers, will be allowed to ply from Herpora Shopian between 0900 hrs to 1400 hrs only towards Poonch.
No vehicle will be allowed before and after the cut off timing, the official said. Only vehicles carrying patients and other medical emergencies are being allowed on Anantnag-Sinthin and Kishtwar road. (AGENCIES)

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