Srinagar, May 22 : Traffic was on Friday restored 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 suspended since Thursday morning due to landslides and shooting stones. “Stranded vehicles, including trucks and SRTC buses, were allowed to ply on the highway after remaining stuck since Thursday morning due to landslides and shooting stones at Panthyal and adjoining areas,” a traffic police official told UNI.
About 2000 Kashmir-bound vehicles, including SRTC buses ferrying stranded people and trucks carrying essential commodities, were stranded at various places on the highway due to the closure of the highway since Thursday. “The vehicles were stranded between Ramban and Jawahar Tunnel,” he said. He said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) pressed into service sophisticated machines and cleared the landslides. “Traffic was resumed after receiving a green signal from NHAI and traffic police officials posted at different places on the highway this morning,” he said. Only essential service vehicles and SRTC buses, ferrying stranded passengers who were returning from different parts of the country, have been allowed to ply on the highway in view of nation-wide lockdown to curtail the spread of COVID-19. (UNI)