Srinagar-Jammu highway restored for vehicular movement

SRINAGAR (KIMS) — The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was restored for vehicular movement on Wednesday morning after it remained closed for four days.

The highway was closed for vehicular movement on July 8, 2023 due to landslide, mudslide and shooting stones in various stretches at Ramban. Besides this, the portion of the highway was also washed away at Panthiyal and another portion of the highway also caved in at Seri area of Ramban due to heavy rainfall.

Restoration work to clear the highway for vehicular movement is going on, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ramban Mohita Sharma had said.

On Wednesday morning, the highway was fully restored for vehicular movement.

With strenuous and synergetic efforts of UT administration and NHAI, over last two days, NH-44 has been fully restored for vehicular traffic in record time. Vehicles and passengers, who were left stranded due to sudden closure of NHW, are being cleared on priority. Normal traffic would be allowed from tomorrow morning, Traffic Officials said on Tuesday.

According to an advisory by Traffic Officials, Subject to fair weather and better road conditions SANJY Convoy/LMVs Passenger/Private Cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar NHW (NH-44) viz Jammu towards Srinagar and vice- versa. The Shri Amarnath Ji Yatris (SANJY) and Tourists may refer to Revised Advisory No. 03 dated 03-07-2023.

HMVs shall be allowed from Jakheni (Udhampur) towards Srinagar after assessing the road and traffic situation on NH-44 and no HMV will be allowed after 1800 hrs. TCU Udhampur shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the HMVs. Moreover, in view of forth coming Shri Amarnath Ji yatra 2023 and hassle free movement of trucks on NH-44 administration has decided all tankers of Pol, Diesel, LPG bulk gas, all empty LPG Cylinders carrying trucks; all empty vehicles of FCI; any other vehicle having upto 10-tyres shall adopt Mughal Road.

Security Forces are advised/requested not to ply against advisory/traffic plan in view of possible traffic congestion because of narrow carriage way between Nashree and Banihal on Jammu-Srinagar NHW and ongoing SANJY 2023. Tomorrow they may ply from Jammu towards Srinagar after confirming the status of NHW from TCU Ramban. They shall leave Jammu immediately after the Yatra Convoy i.e. between 0415 hrs and 0600 hrs. It must be kept in mind that after 0600 hrs LMVs shall be permitted to ply on NH-44 from Jammu towards Srinagar.

The vehicular movement on Mughal Road and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari (SSG) Road is also plying smoothly. — (KIMS)