Kashmir highway reopens for light vehicles after three days closure

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway resumed today after remaining suspended for three consecutive days due to landslides and snowfall.

We have allowed only passenger vehicles from Jammu and Srinagar after the stranded vehicles were cleared, a traffic police official told to the sources here.

He said though it was snowing near Jahawar tunnel and Banihal in the morning, the road was through as Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, cleared the accumulated snow after pressing into service sophisticated machines and workers.

He said all the stranded vehicles were allowed to proceed towards their respective destinations and only passenger vehicles were allowed to ply on the highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

He said landslides and shooting of stones, triggered by rains at Penthal, the most troubled spot on the highway, were also removed by the BRO from the road.

Decision to allow heavy vehicles, including trucks, would be taken later, he said.

Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, were stranded on the highway for the past three days after the road was closed due to snowfall between Qazigund and Banihal and landslides at Penthal.


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