|Early Times Reprot|
Srinagar, Feb 25 Traffic on 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was on Tuesday suspended for about three hours after a suspicious box created panic in Ramban district. Official sources told that panic gripped Ramban when an unclaimed suspicious box was located on roadside on the highway. "The entire area was sealed and Bomb Disposable Squad (BDS) was summoned," they said, adding traffic on the highway was also suspended.
During checking, it was found that the bag contained some liquor bottles, they said. They said the traffic was later resumed on the highway after getting green signal from the BDS. "Today vehicles are plying from Jammu to Srinagar as only one way traffic continued on the road to avoid traffic jams," they added.
They said Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) were allowed to move in the morning while Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) were allowed in the afternoon. One-way traffic has proven to be a success and for the past more than over two weeks, traffic ply normally on the highway, which otherwise was witnessing heavy traffic jam for hours.
Meanwhile, snow clearance operation continued for the fifth successive day on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley. The highway remained closed due to accumulation of 6 feet to 12 feet of snow for the past about three months.