Friday, February 17, 2012

Traffic suspended on highway to clear stranded vehicles

Authorities today suspended fresh traffic movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in order to clear vehicles stranded at different places due to extreme weather conditions for the past few days.

“No fresh traffic has been allowed from Jammu and Srinagar capital cities and all the stranded vehicles would be cleared”, Police officials said in Jammu.

The route was thrown open for two-way traffic yesterday for clearance of stranded vehicles after remaining closed for past three days due to heavy snowfall, avalanche and landslides.

As many as 3,266 stranded vehicles have been cleared during the past 24 hours, officials said.

Around 1,300 vehicles, including 1100 passenger vehicles reached Jammu while 1469 vehicles including 860 passenger vehicles from Jammu crossed the Valley yesterday, SP Ramban Anil Magotra said.

Similarly, around 185 vehicles, including 163 passenger vehicles from Jammu crossed over to Jawahir tunnel towards Kashmir and 312 vehicles including 165 passenger vehicles are on way to Jammu from Kashmir today, he said.

He said there was landslide at Nashri during midnight but it was cleared by Border Road Organisation (BRO) personnel and movement of vehicles was going on smoothly.

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