Kashmir highway remains closed for 3rd day due to landslides

Kashmir highway remains closed for 3rd day due to landslides

Srinagar: Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting the valley with the rest of the country, remained closed for the third successive day on Sunday even as hundreds of Kashmir-bound truck, carrying essential commodities, remained stranded due to multiple landslides.

“The 270-km-long highway, which connects Kashmir valley with rest of the country, remained closed for traffic due to multiple landslides and shooting stones,” a traffic police official told UNI.

He said it will take another two days to restore traffic on the highway due to a massive landslide at Dalwas, where a portion of the hill has come down.

Traffic was suspended on the highway on Friday afternoon following multiple landslides at Cafeteria morh, Monkey morh, Ramban, Battery chashma, Panyal morh, Panthyal, Mompassi, Digdol, Sherbibi and Hingni, triggered by rain.

However, he said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the road.

He said once a green signal is received from traffic and NHAI officials, traffic will be resumed. Only essential commodities vehicles are allowed to ply on Srinagar-Jammu highway following ban on passenger vehicles to curtail spread of Coronavirus. But, the authorities have allowed State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) vehicles to ferry stranded travelers between Jammu and Srinagar.

He said only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway till further orders on the highway as the road is very narrow and damaged at several places between Ramban and Ramsu where only one vehicle could pass easily.

Frequent closure of the highway for the past one week has badly hit the movement of vehicles, particularly carrying essentials and passengers.