Srinagar, Feb 14: On the third consecutive day, the 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu Highway, only road connecting Valley with rest of the country Wednesday continued to remain closed for the vehicular movement.
The highways continued to remain closed for the third consecutive day following the fresh landslides near Kheri area in Udhampur district.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Traffic, Basant Rath said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway continued to remain closed for the vehicular movement for the fresh landslides on the road.
The highway remained closed since Monday after the Valley received a fresh snowfall, leading to the slippery conditions of the road besides landslides as well.
As a precautionary measure, the authorities closed the highway.
IGP further said that the road clearance work is on currently. “We expect that the traffic will be allowed to ply from Thursday evening onwards but there is no guarantee at all,” he said.
He said that the work to repair the and clear the road has been started. “We have pressed the men and machinery to repair and clear the road,” he said.
Earlier, reports said that hundreds of vehicles were seen stranded on the highway throughout the day.
Reports said the stranded commuters also protested for not allowing them to reach their destinations.
However, the IGP traffic said that there was no protest in the area. “Reports regarding the protest by commuters are baseless,” he said.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley and Mughal road remained closed since December.
The national highway, connecting Ladakh with Kashmir remained closed since December last year. There was fresh snowfall at Sonamarg, Zojila pass and Meenmarg on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway. The road is also very slippery due to below freezing temperature, officials said adding the road is likely to reopen after April.
Meanwhile, the 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also remained closed since December last year. There was also fresh snowfall on the highway, including at Pir-ki-Gali, Harpora and Shopian during the past 24 hours. The road is likely to reopen in May, they said.