Kashmir highway through, only stranded vehicles allowed to move today

Srinagar: Despite intermittent shooting stones and landslides, one-way traffic was restored on the Kashmir highway and Jammu- bound vehicles, stranded since May 13, were allowed to move on Wednesday, official sources said.

Meanwhile, the highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road are also through for one-way traffic today.

Several thousand vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks loaded with apple, which had left different parts of the Kashmir valley on May 13, got stranded at different places due to intermittent landslides and shooting stone. However, there was huge landslide at Digdol in Ramban area yesterday and no vehicle was allowed to move due to continued shooting stones.

Men and machinery responsible for the maintenance of the highway put into service sophisticated machines to clear the highway. However, it was at 1700 hrs last evening it was decided to allow stranded vehicles to move towards Jammu despite shooting stones which were being cleared immediately.

There are still large number of Jammu-bound vehicles stranded on the highway which are being cleared, sources said. No fresh vehicle will be allowed from Jammu or Srinagar till all stranded vehicles are cleared, they said.

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