Kashmir Highway, Mughal Road Reopens  


SRINAGAR — Authorities on Wednesday restored traffic on strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway as well as Mughal road, connecting twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Officials said that traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world, has been restored after closure for few hours following shooting stones near Digdol and Panthyal in Ramban district on Wednesday.

An official of the traffic department said that traffic was closed at around 7:00 am in the morning following shooting stones at Digdol and Panthyal along the Srinagar-Jammu thoroughfare. He said men and machinery was pressed into service following which highway was restored for one way traffic.

Official sources said landslides occurred at Mansar Mohre, Poshana and Chattapani overnight, leading to the closure of Mughal road.

 “Besides landslides, trees have been uprooted due to winds overnight at several places along the road,” they said.

Niyaz Ahmad, District Traffic Incharge Poonch, confirmed that landslides occurred at three places besides blockade is due to uprooting of tree at several places along the road.

 “Men and machinery was pressed into service immediately and cleared the landslides. After clearance of landslides, the traffic was restored,” he added

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