Yatra resumes after highway opens for one-way traffic

The Srinagar-Jammu highway was Monday thrown open for one-side traffic and the annual Amarnath Yatra resumed after two days of suspension.

Yatra resumes after highway opens for one-way trafficTraffic movement on the highway has been erratic for the past three days due to landslides near Kheri on Udhampur-Batote stretch.

Following rains and landslides, the authorities had suspended the ongoing Amarnath yatra for two days.

Sources said with movement of vehicles towards the Valley on Monday, a fresh batch of Amarnath pilgrimage was allowed from Bhagwati Nagar Base camp in Jammu.

An official said the maintenance work on highway is on for the past three days on 30-meter stretch near Kheri where landslides continue to occur due to constant rainfall.

“Today the movement of vehicles was restricted to one way from Jammu to Srinagar while only selective vehicles were allowed from Kashmir towards Jammu to avoid jamming at the troubled spots ,” SSP Highway, Sanjay Kotwal told .

He said, “Personnel of Border Roads Organisation and R&B department are at work to clear the debris on the 30-meter stretch. But they are finding it difficult to restore it fully due to continuous landslides.”

Kotwal said Amarnath yatra vehicles were also stopped between 12:10 am and 9:30 am following reports of fresh landslides. “But we allowed these vehicles later,” he said.

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