Civilian traffic resumes on Kashmir highway after one-day ban
Jammu & Kashmir

Civilian traffic resumes on Kashmir highway after one-day ban

Agency News

Srinagar, May 6: Civilian traffic on Monday was allowed for one-way after remaining suspended due to ban to allow free and secure movement of security force convoy on the national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, one-way traffic was plying on the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road.

After Pulwama fidayeen attack in which 44 CRPF personnel were killed in February at Awantipora in Pulwama, the administration banned civilian traffic twice in a week on Sunday and Wednesday to allow secure and free movement of security force convoy.

Ban on civilian traffic movement on the highway has evoked strong resentment in Kashmir, where people are facing shortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables. Prices of vegetables has increased manifold while the meat was being at Rs 500 per kg.

Fruit traders alleged that they are suffering losses of crores of rupees due to ban as trucks carrying apples to different mandis of the counties are being stopped for several days on he highway due to which the product gets damaged.

"Today traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu only and no vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction, a traffic," police official told UNI.

However, he said Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) had to cross Levdora Qazigund between 0600 hrs to 1000 hrs.

Therefore, Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will ply from 1000 hrs from Levdora till 2000 hrs.

Only one-way traffic was plying on Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. Vehicles will be allowed to ply from Shopian to other side of the Pir-ki-Gali between 1000 hrs to 1500 hrs. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction as there are huge walls of snow on both sides of the road.

He said one-way traffic was allowed on Srinagar-Leh national highway and vehicles will ply from Kashmir to Ladakh today.

No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction. However, LMVs were allowed from 0700 hrs to 1000 hrs from Sonmarg, he said, adding that HMVs from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs. (UNI)