Valley  remains cut off for 2nd day due to landslides

Srinagar: The Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second day today following closure of the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway following to a major landslide. 

Hundreds of Kashmir-bound vehicles, including those carrying essentials, particularly fresh vegetables, meat, chicken and other articles, remained stranded at different places while large number of empty trucks and oil tankers have been stopped on this side of the Jawahar tunnel.

Traffic will remain shut on the Kashmir highway wednesday also,  said a traffic police official.

He said traffic on the highway was closed Tuesdsay due to major landslides during the night intervening February 27 and 28 at Mehar nullah Ramban. 

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has already put into service sophisticated machines to put through the traffic.

However, fresh intermittent rain overnight and forecast for further wet weather during the next 48 hours, there is a threat of more landslides and shooting stones.

No vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar or Jammu till a green signal is received from BRO and traffic police personnel posted at several places on the highway.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks carrying essentials, which were to leave for Kashmir valley yesterday remained stranded at different places in Jammu.

Similarly, large number of empty trucks and oil tankers are also stranded at Qazigund and other places on this side of the tunnel.

Traffic on the Kashmir highway has been disrupted frequently due to snowfall and landslides besides slippery road conditions since first heavy snowfall on January 6, leading to shortage of some essentials or their price rise.

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