Day 5: Fresh Landslides Keep Highway Closed  

SRINAGAR — Five fresh landslides Friday hit the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, which remained closed for the fifth consecutive day, leaving thousands of vehicles stranded at different places, officials said.

There were fresh landslides on the highway at Gangroo,Ramsoo, Pantiyal and Anokhi areas in Ramban districts, they said.

A portion of the highway has sunk near BGO office Ramsooand work for clearance of landslides and restoration of thehighway by men and machine of BRO is on, they said.

Dy SP (Highway) Pardeep Singh, who is monitoring thework himself, said the earlier landslide at Sherbibi wascleared but the work on the rest is on.

He said a portion of the road, which sunk at BDOoffice in Ramsoo, will be made trafficable for one way trafficafter repairs.

At six places on the highway in Ramban section, there are either landslides or shooting of stones from mountain topsposing hurdles in clearance operations, IG Traffic AlokKumar said.

Due to the closure of the highway thousands of vehicles ,most of them trucks, have been stranded at various places inKathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Chenani, Patnitop, Ramban, BatoteBanihal areas, they said.

A massive avalanche also hit Chashoti area in Paddar in Kishtwar, they said.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone, officials said.

“Traffic movement disrupted continuously for 5th day due to frequently shooting stones/landslides occurred in Ramban- Banihal stretch on Jammu-Srinagar. Traffic Cops and road maintenance agencies are on job (clearing road). Therefore tomorrow on 26.01.2019, subject to fair weather/clearance of road only stranded vehicles shall be allowed,” a traffic department official said.

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