Srinagar: After remaining closed for three days, the 300 km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was opened partially on Sunday and more than 3000 stranded trucks were allowed to proceed towards Jammu.

However, the highway is restored for one-way traffic only. According to officials, the two-way traffic is likely to be restored from Monday.

The 300 km highway was closed for vehicular traffic on Thursday after fresh snowfall triggered massive landslides at several places.

Inspector General (IG) Traffic Police, Hemant Kumar Lohia, said, “The traffic movement is resumed on Sunday morning and by the evening 500 trucks crossed the tunnel and we are hopeful to push more trucks. We have cleared snow. We have allowed State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses only to carry passengers. Dozens of stranded trucks between Mirbazar to Qazigund were also allowed to move towards Jammu.”

Chief Engineer BRO, Brigadier TPS Rawat confirmed the news and said, “The Jammu-bound vehicles are moving smoothly. By 6pm, more than 2500 heavy vehicles and 512 light vehicles stranded at Jawahar Tunnel were allowed to proceed towards Jammu.”

“In evening, dense fog affects the traffic. The traffic police will decide when to restore the normal traffic here,” Rawat added.

During this month, highway remained closed for 11 days triggering shortage of essential commodities and leaving hundreds of passengers and truckers stranded.

(JPN/Bureau)