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Srinagar-Jammu national highway reopens for traffic

Traffic was on Saturday resumed on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining closed on Friday for weekly maintenance and necessary repair.

One-way traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu on the highway on Saturday, a traffic police official told UNI.
He said only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway till further orders.

However, the Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will have to cross Zig Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, between 1000 hrs to 1400 hrs. No LMV will be allowed after the cut off timing. Later, Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will be allowed to move towards Jammu after LMVs from Qazigund. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, he said.

Traffic was suspended on the highway on Friday to allow the NHAI to carry out necessary maintenance and repair work.
The government had announced to allow weekly maintenance of the highway on every Friday, when traffic remained suspended for the past two months.

He said security forces are advised not to ply against traffic plan in view of traffic congestion on the highway and narrowness of bailey bridge at Kela morh, where main concrete bridge was damaged after a retaining wall collapsed on January 10 evening. The baily bridge was installed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) after National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) said it will take about two weeks to repair the damage.

Meanwhile, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with Shopian in south Kashmir and Anantnag-Sampthan-Kishtwar road remained closed since last week of December last year due to accumulation of snow and slippery conditions.

The national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, has been closed since January Ist for winter months, he said

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