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Jammu Srinagar National Highway Important Update

Traffic Update in J&K:
Traffic Police Headquarters in Jammu and Srinagar issue a comprehensive advisory regarding the status of roadways in the region. From March 20th to March 22nd, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway witnessed intermittent blockages due to repair work at Mehad, causing delays and slow movement. Additionally, breakdowns of heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and single-lane traffic at various points led to further congestion, particularly between Nashri and NAVYUG Tunnel.

Travel Recommendations:
Passengers and light motor vehicle (LMV) operators are advised to undertake journeys during daylight hours on the Jammu-Srinagar NHW, as nighttime travel poses risks of shooting stones, especially between Ramban and Banihal. Load carrier operators are urged to adhere to specific loading guidelines issued by the Traffic Police Headquarters due to ongoing repair work and single-lane traffic sections on the highway.

Safety Measures for HMVs:
HMV operators are reminded to avoid overloading, ensure adequate fuel reserves, and verify the fitness of their vehicles before embarking on journeys along the Jammu-Srinagar NHW. Furthermore, vehicles equipped with only 06 and 10 tyres are permitted to ply via Dhar road, subject to compliance with regulations.

Traffic Plan for March 22, 2024:
Subject to favorable weather conditions, LMVs will be allowed from both sides of the Jammu-Srinagar NHW. However, the movement of HMVs will be regulated, with entry permitted from Jakheni (Udhampur) towards Srinagar after road assessments. Cut-off timings for LMVs at specific checkpoints are established to manage traffic flow effectively.

Security Forces Convoy Movement:
Security Forces are advised to adhere to traffic advisories and avoid traveling against the traffic plan to prevent congestion along narrow stretches of the highway. Tomorrow’s convoy movement from Jammu to Srinagar will depend on road conditions reported by the Traffic Control Unit in Ramban.

Status of Alternative Routes:
The Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari road will allow one-way traffic for LMVs from Kargil to Srinagar, with specific time windows allocated for movement. However, motorists must equip their vehicles with anti-skid chains for added traction on slippery surfaces. Other routes such as the Mughal Road, Bhaderwah-Chamba road, and Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road remain blocked due to snow accumulation.

Travel Advisory:
Residents and travelers are advised to verify road conditions with designated Traffic Control Units before undertaking journeys, ensuring safety and minimal disruption. Contact details for relevant units across the region are provided for real-time updates and assistance regarding road statuses and travel advisories.

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