Day 3: Valley remains cut off from rest of the country

Day 3: Valley remains cut off from rest of the country

 

Srinagar, Dec 13: The Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third successive day on Wednesday following to closure of the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides, triggered by rain.
However, about 130 vehicles, including those carrying passengers, stranded at Banihal were allowed to move towards Kashmir after the snow on the road was cleared last evening.
Traffic on the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also remained suspended due to snowfall.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir, has been closed for winter months.
Traffic remained suspended on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, a traffic police official said Wednesday morning. Traffic on the highway was suspended on Monday afternoon following about one to one and half feet of snowfall at different places, particularly near Jawahar tunnel, Banihal, Qazigund and Shaitan Nallah.
There were also landslides, triggered by rain at Penthal and other places between Rambanan Ramsu, he said.
However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, have put into service sophisticated machines and men to restore the traffic on the road. Stranded vehicles at Banihal were allowed to move towards Kashmir after snow was cleared at Jawahar tunnel and other areas, he said adding efforts are being made to remove landslides on the highway on other side of the tunnel.
He said traffic will be restored only after receiving green signal from the traffic police officials posted at different places on the highway.
Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks, remained stranded on the highway.
A senior traffic police official said that all vehicles were removed from landslide prone areas on the highway to safer places. However, the truckers and stranded passengers alleged that despite repeated claims that all arrangement have been made to meet any weather challenge, they are without water and other facilities.
There was several feet of snow accumulated and it was still snowing at different places on the historic Mughal road, particularly at Pir-ki-Gali and Heepora Shopian, he said adding traffic will remain suspended.