Srinagar, Apr 2 : No fresh traffic was on Tuesday allowed on the National Highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, as efforts are being made to clear the stranded vehicles towards Srinagar, official sources said.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Leh National Highway, Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar road remained closed since November last year due to accumulation of snow. They said on Monday, only one-way traffic allowed from Jammu to Srinagar was allowed on the Highway. However, hundreds of Kashmir bound vehicles, including those carrying passengers besides trucks with essentials got stranded on the highway due to heavy traffic jam, caused by road repairing and other security reasons on Monday, official sources said.
People who travelled on the highway on Monday complained that there was frequent traffic jam. ''We started the journey early in the morning and reached Srinagar after more than 16 hours'', alleged a traveller, Abdul Hamid. Similar complaints were made by others.
Truck drivers also alleged that it took them over four days for a single trip to Kashmir due to frequent disruption of traffic movement.'' We used to cover the Srinagar-Jammu distance in about 10 to 12 hours but now it takes about two days'', they alleged.
Traffic was disrupted for about 40 days this winter due to landslides, shooting stones and snowfall which later resulted in acute shortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, petrol, diesel and meat. Even prices of locals vegetables also increased many fold. However, situation has since changed but the prices of vegetables was still very high.
There was however, no change in the road situation despite major improvement in the weather conditions. Only one-way traffic was being allowed on the Highway for the past about two years due to road widening and other reasons.
Meanwhile, snow clearance operation was going on war footing on the National Highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley. The road remained closed since November last year due to accumulation of six to ten feet of snow. Officials are confident that road will be put through later this month as snow clearance operation was going on from both sides of Zojila pass. The Government of India has already announced to construct a tunnel at Zojila to make it all weather road.
Snow clearance operation was also going on historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. Traffic is likely to allow on the road later this month or early next month.
The Anantnag in south Kashmir and Kishtwar in Jammu region road also remained closed since November last year. However, authorities have started snow clearance operation from both sides.