Jammu-Srinagar highway opened again to traffic (Lead)

January 17th, 2012 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Jan 17 (IANS) After a three-day-long closure due to heavy snowfall, the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was re-opened to one-way traffic, a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official told IANS.

Brigadier T.P.S. Rawat, chief engineer of BRO, told IANS, “The highway was restored for one-way traffic at 3 p.m. Tuesday and more than 150 trucks carrying essential supplies for the Kashmir Valley have been allowed to move from Chandrakot towards the Jawahar tunnel in Banihal. The convoy carrying essential supplies will reach here late this evening.”

Due to the closure of the highway, an acute shortage of LPG cylinders had hit the valley, forcing the authorities to go for rationing of cooking gas.

After remaining closed for two days, the Srinagar international airport also reopened for flights and these were operating normally on Tuesday, officials said

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