Sgr-Jammu highway remains closed on 2nd consecutive day


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 due to landslides and fresh snowfall.

Traffic on the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, remained suspended due to landslides and shooting stones besides fresh snowfall, said a traffic police official.

He said there were landslides and shooting stones between Ramban and Ramsu area, including Digdol  on the highway forcing authorities to close the road.

There was also fresh snowfall at Jawhar tunnel and Banihal, he said, adding that intermittent rain and snow also continued  during the night.

 The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, have already put sophisticated machines and men into service to clear the landslides.

However, intermittent rain, triggering fresh shooting stones, is hampering the road clearance operation , he said, adding that no vehicle was allowed from Srinagar or Jammu for the second day today.

He said traffic on the road will be resumed only after getting green signal from the BRO and traffic police officials posted on the highway at different places.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, particularly empty trucks and oil tankers, have been stopped at Qazigund and other places on this side of the Jawhar tunnel due to closure of the highway. Truckers alleged that they are facing acute shortage of essentials, particularly rice and vegetables.

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