Kashmir highway again closed, after about 500 oil tankers, trucks reach Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 28: The Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed again due to fresh landslides late Wednesday night after about 500 oil tankers and trucks loaded with essentials, stranded for about a week, reached Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, under powers vested to him under Section 144 of CrPC has ordered regulation of provision of petroleum products
However, the national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal road between Shopian in south valley and Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region remained closed since December last year due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions. The Anantnag-Kishtwar road also remained closed due to snow.
We had to suspended traffic on the national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country late Wednesday night due to fresh landslides at Mom Passi Ramsu. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Beacon have already started operation to clear the landslides and shooting stones to put through the highway for traffic. Only stranded vehicles will be allowed once the green signal is received from NHAI, Beacon and traffic police personnel, deployed at different places, a traffic police official told UNI.
He said after repairing the road which was washed away in Ramban area and clearing landslides and shooting stones, the highway was partially reopened for one-way. We allowed stranded oil tankers and trucks loaded with essentials for Kashmir valley. No Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) was allowed from any side, he said.
He said as per reports received from the Ramban  a total number of 274 Tankers and Trucks crossed Jawahar Tunnel which included 81 LPG trucks, 67 petrol loaded tankers, 91 diesel tankers, and 35 Kerosene oil tankers upto 1800 hrs. Meanwhile more than 300 tankers also reached Kashmir valley late in the night. However, the highway was later closed due to fresh landslides at Mom Passi Ramsu.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure equitable distribution among the general public and prevent hoarding and black-marketing after fresh stocks of petroleum products including fuel and LPG have been received, District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, under powers vested to him under Section 144 of CrPC has ordered regulation of provision of petroleum products.
The order prohibits dispensing or collection of fuel at fuel stations in any kind of container or vessel instructing that fuel must not be dispensed in anything other than directly into tanks of vehicles. It also prohibits any individual or organisation other than designated or authorised stores and depots from storing any kind of petroleum product. The order shall be applicable throughout the territorial jurisdiction of the Srinagar district. It states that violation of this order shall attract strict action against defaulters under Section 188 of RPC.

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