Snowfall Blocks Highway for Day

Stranded Vehicles to Move Today: IG

SRINAGAR: The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed Friday morning due to fresh snowfall.

A traffic police spokesman said here that the highway has been closed due to fresh snowfall at Patnitop, Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and Qazigund since early this morning.

There was about one feet of snowfall at Jawhar tunnel, he said, adding that heavy rains triggered landslides in Ramban sector at six places on the highway.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway, which was open for only one-way since December 14 when there was heavy snowfall.

Inspector General of Police, Traffic Kashmir today said the stranded vehicles and passengers on the  Highway will be allowed to move to their

destinations on February 23. “Some vehicles including those carrying essential commodities to the Valley have been stranded on the National

Highway. On February 23 our first priority will be to clear the road for them to enable them to reach Srinagar”,  said the IGP Traffic. He said the movement of traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday will depend upon the weather and road condition.

“However our first priority will be to clear the road for stranded vehicles carrying passengers and essential commodities”, he added.

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