Stranded Traffic Allowed On Highway After 3 Days

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SRINAGAR— Vehicles, stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar highway for two days due to a landslide in Ramban district, were allowed to move on Saturday, while no new traffic was allowed for now, officials said.

“Stranded vehicles, mostly those carrying supplies to the Kashmir Valley, are being allowed to move on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which remained closed for two days due to landslide in the Digdol area (of Ramban),” a Traffic Department official said.

No fresh traffic will be allowed to move on the highway, from either the Banihal or Udhampur side on Saturday, the official added.

Traffic officials said the highway was cleared on Friday evening for one-way traffic and over 600 vehicles were allowed to move, but shooting stones continuously interrupted movement in Digdol area, again forcing closure of the highway.

“A bulldozer operator engaged in landslide debris clearance was injured when a boulder hit his machine late on Friday evening,” an official said, adding road-opening operation was again started in the morning today.

A massive landslide had hit the Digdol area on Thursday, forcing closure of the key highway.

Earlier, during the work of the clearance of the landslides at Digdol on highway, fresh landslide took place resulting in closure of highway for the second day, they said.

As result of blockade, over 2500 heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and 500 light motor vehicles (LMVs) were stranded at different parts of the highway. 

Traffic Affected On Mughal Road

Poonch: Fresh sliding and snowfall near Pir Ki Gali Saturday led to suspension of traffic on Mughal road from Saturday morning.

The officials said that due to fresh rainfall and snowfall, a sliding took place near Pir Ki Gali in this morning, which led to suspension of traffic.

The traffic remained suspended till Saturday evening following which it was restored for one way traffic.


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