The authorities Wednesday stopped traffic movement on national highway for several hours following fresh snowfall and apprehensions of avalanches.
Talking to KNS over phone Inspector General Police traffic Muneer Ahmad Khan said that on Tuesday morning the traffic was stopped on the National Highway due to the fresh snowfall and apprehensions of avalanches in the area of Jawhar tunnel. “There was light snowfall on both sides of the tunnel early this morning, and due to apprehensions of avalanches we stopped the traffic movement for some time,” he said.
He however said that the traffic was resumed at 0900 hrs and hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and empty trucks and oil tankers, stopped at Qazigund and different places were allowed to move towards Jammu.
He appealed the people that only one-way traffic will be allowed till further orders. “Only one side vehicles will be allowed to avoid any accident and traffic jam because of snowfall and slippery road conditions for the past one week,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organization (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately put into service men and sophisticated machine to put through the traffic from Srinagar to Jammu at 0900 hrs.
Meanwhile one of the government official told KNS that subject to road and weather conditions, traffic will be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow.