Kashmir Highway remains closed 4th day

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Srinagar: The Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the fourth consecutive day today due to closure of the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides and fresh snowfall. Nagrota and Udhampur for the past four days.

Traffic on the highway 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 till further orders.

There was also fresh snowfall at Jawahar tunnel and Banihal, he said adding 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 work to clear the landslides.

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

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks and oil tankers, remained stranded at different places on the highway, including Qazigund on this side of the Jawahar tunnel and Batote, Kud,

Closure of the highway has resulted in shortage of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables while the prices of other items, including chicken, has witnessed sharp increase in the valley.

 

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