Light vehicles allowed from Jammu to Srinagar

Jammu: One-way traffic of only light motor vehicles was on Wednesday restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after landslide clearance operations were completed in Ramban district.

“Light motor vehicles have now been allowed to move from Nagrota towards Srinagar after partial restoration of the highway,” an official said.

Landslide clearance and building of new road in the washed away portion had already been started and was expected to complete by Wednesday afternoon, the official added.

“But keeping the safety of the travellers in view, it has been decided that no movement of traffic will be allowed on the highway,” he said.

Meanwhile, officials of the National Highways Authority of India have said that the 9.5 km long Nashri-Chenani tunnel would be thrown open for the traffic in March.

The tunnel would shorten the Jammu-Srinagar journey time by nearly two hours as it by-passes the 38 km of the existing portion of the highway including Batote, Patnitop and Kud.