All stranded trucks at Qazigund cleared
Authorities in the traffic department on Tuesday said 48,845 trucks including 30,756 apple trucks have moved from Srinagar to Jammu through Jammu-Srinagar national highway since September 01.
As per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the officials from IGP Traffic’s office said, “After three continuous days of Down HMV movement, all the stranded trucks at Qazigund were cleared yesterday.”
They said as per the data collected by NHAI at the Qazigund toll plaza, since 1st September, 48,845 trucks including 30,786 apple laden trucks moved from Qazigund to other parts of the country via Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
“Because of the constraints of NH-44, which is single lane for 12-14 stretches between Nashri and Banihal, the movement of HMVS happens on alternate days.”
Further the movement of traffic on the NH is also subject to stoppage due to the frequent falling of “Shooting stones” at various locations like, Cafeteria More, Mahar, Sherbibi etc around Ramban town, officials said. “In particular, the Mahar passi, which became active on 18th July 2022, leads to the stoppage of the traffic several times during the day on account of shooting stones which makes it dangerous for traffic to pass.”
They said since 24th Sept 2022, the NHAI has also initiated urgent repair works at these single stretches of the NH, requiring the stoppage of traffic for a part of the day.
“Overall, in the last 4 days, over 34 hours of travel time has been lost on the NH 44 on account of the shooting stones at Mahar Passi and the repair work by NHAI,” they added—(KNO)