Srinagar, April 11
Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials and passengers, left Jammu for Kashmir valley while no vehicle was allowed from Srinagar as only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway. “We have allowed traffic today from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country,” a traffic police official said.
He said since only one-way traffic will continue on the highway, no vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, including Army and paramilitary forces today.
“Hundreds of trucks carrying essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, chicken, meat, left different parts of Jammu this morning for Kashmir. Besides passenger vehicles also left for Srinagar,” he said.
People, who had come to Banihal today to travel by train to Srinagar, were disappointed as the train service remained suspended in the valley since yesterday for security reasons following strike called by separatists. “We reached Banihal from Jammu today but there is no train,” Absar Ahmad, a painter from Bihar, said over phone, adding now they are being charged extra by drivers from Banihal to Srinagar.
Traffic on the highway has been disrupted frequently since January 6, when there was first major snowfall in the valley, due to landslides and shooting stones though Border Roads Oganisation (BRO) has been working tirelessly to put through the traffic from both ways.
Meanwhile, work is going on war footing to put through the national highway, connecting the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley. However, recently the road was put through from Srinagar to Gumri on this side of the Zojila pass for light vehicles only. Work on snow clearance operation was going on from both sides of the Zojila pass.
Similarly, there was also fresh snowfall on historic Mughal road badly affecting snow clearance operation. The road, which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway, was to reopen on April 15 after remaining closed for the past four months.
Dozens of far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) remained cut off from their respective district headquarter for the past four months due to accumulation of snow.
Srinagar, April 11