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Kashmir highway through for one-way, down traffic today

Posted on Jan 21, 07:52PM | UNI

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley to rest of the country was through for one-way traffic as the authorities allowed down convoy today.

However, roads to far flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) and the 300-km-long national highway were closed since last month due to heavy snowfall.

A traffic police official told UNI today that vehicles from different parts of the valley were allowed to move towards Jammu.

A large number of empty trucks and the vehicles carrying passengers left Srinagar, Qazigund, the gateway of Kashmir--and other places for Jammu this morning.

At some places the truckers were seen trying to defreeze the diesel in the tank of their vehicles which had been frozen due to minus temperature.

All vehicles are required to cross the Traffic Control Post (TCP) Panthachowk by 0900 hrs, Khanabal by 1100 hrs and TCP Qazigund by 1300 hrs.

The official said no vehicle should be allowed to proceed to Jammu from TCP after 1300 hrs.

The highway was closed on January 17 after to heavy snowfall, particularly between Qazigund-Jawahar tunnel and Banihal. The highway was put through on January 19 to clear the stranded vehicles.

Yesterday hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and essentials for the valley were allowed from Jammu.

However due to mismanagement, there were frequent traffic jams on the highways for hours. Passengers alleged that a large number of vehicles were allowed from Kashmir to Jammu despite only one-way traffic, causing traffic jams.

The passengers, who were stranded at Jammu for three days, alleged that the moment closure of the highway was announced, prices of all essentials, particularly in general bus stand, area in Jammu were increased two times.

Nobody look aftered the stranded passengers and the government failed to keep a check on prices, they alleged after reaching here.