1500 stranded trucks cleared from NH

1500 stranded trucks cleared from NH

22 January 2012
The Daily Excelsior


SRINAGAR-NEW DELHI Jan 22: With the improvement in weather, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was partially opened today to clear the vehicles that were stranded in Kashmir valley. However, there are around 1500 trucks stranded on the Highway between Udhampur in Jammu and Pantha Chowk in Srinagar. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Traffic, H K Lohia, said here that 1500 trucks that were stranded between Lower Munda and Pampore were cleared today. 'This included around 300 apple trucks that were stranded on the highway due to last week’s snowfall', he added He said that around 3500 passengers, who were stranded in Kashmir for past several days were boarded in 80 State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses and send to Jammu. The IGP said that the vehicles that were moved in the morning have reached near Kud and those that crossed the Jawahar Tunnel in the evening are in Banihal. He hoped that all these vehicles will be in Jammu by midnight. Mr Lohia said that there are around 500 trucks still stranded between Srinagar and Qazigund. Some of these trucks reached Qazigund in the evening so they were not allowed to move ahead, he added. It may be mentioned here that the Traffic police was not allowing movement of the vehicles from 5.30 p.m. to 10.30 a.m. on the Highway as the road is slippery. Besides this most parts of the Highway where the snowfall occurred early this month are single track and slippery. The IGP that no stranded traffic will be allowed from Srinagar to Jammu tomorrow. He said that there are around 1500 trucks loaded with essential commodities stranded between Udhampur and Banihal and they will be moved towards Srinagar tomorrow. He said that besides these vehicles, SRTC buses with stranded passengers will be moved from Jammu towards Srinagar tomorrow. These buses will be allowed to ply only if the vehicles cross Nagrota by 8 am Udhampur by 10 a.m. and Kud by 11 a.m. However, no private vehicle will be allowed to move on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, he added. Mr Lohia said that 70-80 private vehicles forced their way between the stranded trucks from Qazigund and other places and illegally plied on the highway today. He said that their registration numbers were noted down and legal action will be taken against them as they put their lives and the lives of the passengers in risk by traveling illegally on the highway. The IGP said that 80 trucks with essential commodities were moved towards Doda and Bhaderwah today. He said that 100 stranded trucks and around 35 passenger vehicles were moved out of Doda and Bhaderwah today. 'The stranded passengers of Doda and Bhaderwah will be moved in buses towards their destinations tomorrow', said the IGP. Meanwhile, Kashmir valley continued to remain in the grip of severe cold as the minimum temperature across the region continue to be sub-zero. The Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate rain and snowfall across the State. Although the minimum temperature witnessed a marginal increase of 0.8 degrees Celsius, the summer capital of the State shivered with the mercury settling at a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius and the day temperature was recorded at 4.4 degree Celsius, a Metrological Department official said. Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, he said. Kargil town recorded a low of minus 17.6 degrees Celsius, an increase of 3.4 degrees from yesterday and a maximum temperature of minus 7.6 degree Celsius. Gulmarg skiing resort was the coldest place at minus 14.0 degrees followed by Pahalgam resort at minus 11.2 degrees Celsius and a maximum of minus 0.6 degree Celsius. Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius and maximum of 3.6 degree Celsius. South Kashmir tourist place of Kokernag was freezing at minus 7.3 degrees Celsius and the day temperature was recorded at 1.6 degree Celsius, he said. North Kashmir's frontier town recorded a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius and maximum of 0.7 degree Celsius. Jammu recorded a maximum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius and minimum of 3.4 degrees Celsius.