The 300-km Jammu-Srinagar highway on Wednesday reopened for light motor vehicles (LMVs) after being blocked for two days following massive landslides, a traffic official said.
"Lighter vehicles have now been allowed to move from Nagrota towards Srinagar between 5 am to 10 am and from Levdora to Qazigund between 10 am to 3 pm. Commuters have been directed to cross Jawahar Tunnel, which connects Jammu to Kashmir, by 3 pm," the official said.
The highway, the lone all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed for vehicular traffic on September 11 after a massive landslide at MorhPassi in Udhampur district damaged a bridge and blocked the road.The bridge had developed cracks under the impact of the landslide, Sanjay Bhagat, senior superintendent of police (national highway), had said.
Another landslip struck the highway in the Ramsu area of RambanTuesday morning and work is undertaken to clear debris, the SSP said.
On the damage to the bridge, he said it was being cleared to pave the way for experts to inspect the extent of the loss.
The majority of the stranded vehicles have returned and those waiting for the opening of the road have moved to safer places.
A traffic official said the officers have been directed to ensure that no vehicle is allowed on the highway, and those stranded are not parked in any landslide or vulnerable zones under any circumstances.PTI