Landslides, Shooting Stones Block Highway

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Srinagar– The authorities on Saturday suspended the vehicular movement on Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides and shooting stones at several places of Ramban district.

Traffic was suspended Saturday morning due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rain at Penthyal and Margooz on the highway, said a traffic police official.

He said heavy rain during the night triggered shooting stones, landslides and mudslides.

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has pressed into service sophisticated machines to put through the traffic, he said adding continued shooting stone are hampering the clearance operation. It was heavily raining between Banihal to Ramsu, triggering more mud and landslides besides shooting stones.

Once the road clearance operation will be completed, traffic will be resumed, he said.

He said today Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) were to ply from Jammu to Srinagar. LMVs had to cross Nagrota Jammu between 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and from Jakheni Udhampur between 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs.

Only stranded Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) between Nashree and Ramban were to ply towards Srinagar, he said.

Pertinently the highway was closed on Friday for weekly maintenance and repair work.

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