Kashmir Highway Remains closed for 7th day  


Srinagar: Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, remained stranded at several places on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which remained closed for the 7th day today due to landslides.

The authorities arranged special air sorties for passengers stranded in Kashmir today.

Meanwhile, about hundred passengers, mostly youths having very less luggage, covered the most affected portion of the highway between Ramban and Ramsu on foot to reach their destinations.

However, thousands of passengers, including woman and children, who had left Jammu on the morning of March 12, after the highway was opened briefly, are stranded at different places on the highway, particularly at Ramban, Ramsu and Batote.

The stranded passengers alleged that local administration was missing and they were provided meals by local Darul-Uloom at Ramban.

The highway remained closed due to landslides at several places between Ramban and Ramsu, particularly at Penthal, a traffic police official told UNI.

He said vehicles which had left Jammu on March 12 for Kashmir, have been stopped at safe places on the highway.

However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway and National High Authority of India (NHAI) are working round the clock to put through the highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

He said traffic on the highway was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on March 12 after four-day closure, only to suspend again in the afternoon due to fresh landslides.

Several thousand Kashmir-bound passengers, including women and children, had to spent night in their vehicles or open sky on the highway, as there was no arrangement from the authorities, alleged the passengers.

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