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‘No fresh traffic on highway tomorrow’

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Srinagar: There would be no fresh traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway even as acute shortage of essentials of life has hit the landlocked Kashmir Valley due to the closure of the strategic thoroughfare, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world.
“Keeping in view the inclement weather condition/forecast made made by MeT department, subject to fair weather/clearance of road tomorrow on February 13 only stranded vehicles shall be allowed towards Srinagar,” a traffic department official said.
The stranded traffic on highway was allowed after authorities cleared the fresh landslide at Marog in Ramban-Ramsoo sector
Around 3000 vehicles were stranded between Jammu and Srinagar due to closure of the thoroughfare following series of landslides at Maroog, Anokhi Fall, Panthyal, Nashri, KhooniNallah, Gangroo and Digdol areas since February 6.
Reportedly around 1500 trucks carrying essential supplies including ration, 300 oil tankers, 100 load carriers loaded with vegetables and fruits, and as many gas tankers, 300 vehicles carrying sheep, goats and chicken and 700 light motor vehicles are stranded at various locations en-route the highway.
Due to closure of highway, there is acute shortage of essentials and except onions and potatoes, vegetable supplies have completed become scare in most of the places in Srinagar and other places of the Valley. Mutton shops were closed on 2nd day of the highway’s closure.


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