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Traffic resumes on Srinagar-Jammu highway

SRINAGAR: Traffic resumed on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway this afternoon after remaining suspended since Friday evening due to landslides at Magarkote.

Meanwhile, traffic was resumed on Srinagar-Leh national highway on Saturday after remaining suspended in view of weekly maintenance for a day.

A traffic police official said that only Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic was resumed this afternoon after remaining suspended since Friday night due to landslides and shooting stones at Magarkote on the highway.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), responsible for the maintenance of the highway put into service sophisticated machine and men and cleared the landslides, he said adding only LMVs were allowed to move from both Srinagar and Jammu.

Decision to allow Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) stranded between Zig Qazigund and Jawahar tunnel will be taken later in the day, he said.

Meanwhile, one-way traffic on the national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, was resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended in view of weekly maintenance yesterday. Today traffic will ply from Srinagar to Ladakh, he said.

The official said traffic was suspended on the Srinagar-Leh national highway for weekly maintenance and repair of the road, particularly at Zojila pass. The UT administration in Ladakh and Kashmir have decided to suspend all traffic movement on the highway to allow Beacon project to conduct maintenance on every Friday.

He said Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will ply from both sides on Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. Only Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) upto ten tyres will ply from Srinagar towards Poonch on the road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Only LMV will be allowed from both sides on Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road, he said. (Agency)

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