Only one-way traffic on highway, vehicles to ply from Jammu to Srinagar
SRINAGAR: After allowing down way traffic for two straight days, vehicles will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday on the national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, a traffic police official said this morning.
Almost all meat shops in Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, remained shut as they could not get supply of sheep from Rajasthan, Delhi and other states due to frequent closure of the highway.
He said today traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway after five days.
However, Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Nagrota before 1000 hrs , he said, adding Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs), including trucks carrying essentials, oil and LPG tankers, will be allowed in the afternoon.
No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, he said.
Frequent closure of the highway due to landslides, shooting stones between Ramban and Ramsu often lead to shortage of essentials, including fresh vegetables, meat, chicken and LPG cylinders in the valley, which is entirely dependent upon imports from different northern states. Prices of essentials also go up when highway gets closed.
People are facing acute shortage of meat as majority shops are closed as they could not get sheep. Butchers said hundreds of trucks carrying sheep and other products are stranded in Jammu for the past more than a week.
Meanwhile, there was no change in the situation on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) Ladakh with Kashmir, and 98-km-long Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, and Anantnag-Kishtwar road which remained closed for the past 46 days on Saturday due to accumulation of snow and slippery conditions.