Srinagar- The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic due to landslides triggered by heavy rains at several places in Ramban district on Thursday leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded, officials said.
Nearly 1000 vehicles, including a convoy carrying Amarnath pilgrims, are stranded at different points of the highway, they said.
The 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was blocked by shooting stones, landslides at four places in Ramban district.
The highway is closed at Cafeteria Moore Ramban since Wednesday night due to shooting of stones.
Officials said the convoy carrying Amarnath pilgrims to Kashmir has been stopped at Chanderkoot and Nashri for now, they said.
Restoration work is in progress.
Meanwhile, a traffic department official said that no traffic will be allowed on the highway on Friday due to road blockade and intermittent shooting stones.
“Tomorrow (July 22) no vehicular movement shall be allowed from either side on Jammu-Srinagar highway in view of road blockage at Mehad, Ramban due to intermittent shooting stones,” a traffic department official said.
However, he said the public will be informed through “social media” in case the road opens.” (With PTI inputs)
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