Srinagar, Apr 10 UNI | 3 months ago

Vehicles will ply from both sides on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway from today following considerable improvement in the weather condition.

However, the road damaged at several places, including the Pantha Chowk area, south Kashmir, has not been repaired so far, making the movement of vehicles very difficult.

From today onwards, traffic including heavy vehicles, from Srinagar and Jammu will ply on the highway. Since April 1, only light passenger vehicles were allowed for two way traffic. Heavy vehicles were plying every alternate day from Jammu and Srinagar.

This winter the highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was closed about a dozen times due to heavy snowfall, landslides, shooting stones and slippery conditions.

After heavy snowfall in December last year, the authorities allowed only one-way traffic on the highway to allow free flow of vehicles. However, despite one-way, traffic jam was almost a routine on the highway.

Prices of essentials is rising in the Kashmir valley when the highway gets closed as almost everything from a simple needle to all essentials are being imported from different parts of the

Meat and chicken besides eggs are being imported worth crores
of rupees annually from northern states.

In the absence of rail link, the highway is very important for exporting fruit and vegetables from the Kashmir valley to different 'mandis' (markets) of the country during summer.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)