Srinagar, Dec 13: The Srinagar-Jammu National highway, connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, after remaining closed for three days is likely to be reopened tomorrow.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, Jagjit Singh told KNS over phone that the Srinagar-Jammu national highway is likely to be opened tomorrow. However he informed that the authorities will first clear stranded vehicles, including goods carrier and passenger buses.
It is to mention here that the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the third consecutive day Wednesday, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded on the road.
The IGP further told KNS that the continuous rain and snow resulted in landslides at different points on the highway, leading to the stoppage of the vehicular traffic.
Sources said that despite an alert having been sounded by the state administration, hundreds of vehicles, including light motor vehicles were stuck on the national highway.
Sources said that the stretch from Banihal to Ramban is the worst-affected portion as major landslides were reported at Panthal, Chamalwas, Magerkor, Marog and Ramsoo. Some small landslides were also reported on the Udhampur-Chenani road.
Jagjit Singh further said that the snow clearance operation in Bannihal and landslide debris removal elsewhere has started. However, travellers are advised not to undertake any journey without contacting our control rooms in Jammu and Srinagar.
Sources said that the issue of closing of Highway including other major roads was brought to the knowledge of Chief Minsiter, who took stock of the measures taken to restore the vehicular movement on Srinagar-Jammu, other national highways and interior roads, which were blocked due to heavy snowfall.
Sources said the Chief Minister has also reviewed stock and supply position of essential commodities and restoration of essential public service in the snowbound areas of the state.
Sources told KNS that CM took stock of the preparedness of the state administration in case of further snowing and asked the authorities concerned to be vigilant and pro-active to meet any eventuality.
Officers and engineers in their respective jurisdiction should be more responsive to the needs of the people, she has said
Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Basheer Khan has issued an advisory asking people not to undertake the journey till it is completely restored for traffic.
Meanwhile sources said that scores of valley-bound passengers were stranded in Jammu. They have been complaining of running out of money as hotels and restaurants have been charging exorbitant rates.
The historic Mughal Road which serves as an alternative surface link between the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region was also closed on Tuesday following heavy snowfall in the Pir Ki Gali stretch. (KNS)