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Hun­dreds of stranded ve­hi­cles were al­lowed to move to­wards Kash­mir, a day af­ter heavy snow­fall dis­rupted traf­fic on the vi­tal Jammu-sri­na­gar na­tional high­way, of­fi­cials said.

BANIHAL/JAMMU:HUN­DREDS of stranded ve­hi­cles, mostly trucks car­ry­ing es­sen­tial sup­plies, were al­lowed to move to­wards Kash­mir on Sun­day, a day af­ter heavy snow­fall dis­rupted traf­fic on the vi­tal 270-km Jam­mus­ri­na­gar na­tional high­way, of­fi­cials said.

No fresh ve­hi­cle was al­lowed on the high­way from ei­ther Jammu or Sri­na­gar Sun­day morn­ing to en­sure clear­ance of the trucks which were left stranded be­tween Banihal and Ram­ban stretch since Satur­day fol­low­ing over one feet of snow around the Jawa­har Tun­nel area, the of­fi­cials said.the au­thor­i­ties stopped traf­fic on the high­way – the only all weather road con­nec­tiv­ity link­ing Kash­mir with the rest of the coun­try - around 11 am Satur­day due to slip­pery con­di­tions but later man­aged to clear over 500 pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles head­ing for Kash­mir from Jammu.

The traf­fic on the high­way is re­stricted to one-way for smooth move­ment of com­muters and al­ter­nately plies from the twin cap­i­tal cities. The high al­ti­tude ar­eas along the high­way in­clud­ing Jawa­har Tun­nel – the gate­way to Kash­mir – and Banihal ex­pe­ri­enced an­other brief spell of snow­fall early Sun­day morn­ing but the im­prove­ment in the weather al­lowed the au­thor­i­ties to un­der­take the snow clear­ance op­er­a­tion to fa­cil­i­tate smooth move­ment of stranded trucks.

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