Landslides block highway, 2000 vehicles stranded

Landslides block highway, 2000 vehicles stranded

Srinagar, May 21: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, only surface link connecting Kashmir with outside world, was closed for traffic on Thursday afternoon.

Official sources said that the strategic road was closed after massive landslides hit the highway near Panthyal.  Around 2000 vehicles, mainly trucks, are stranded due to the closure, they said.

“The highway is still blocked due to landslide and shooting stones at Panthyal,” a police official said. Around 2000 vehicles are stranded between  Ramban and Jawahar Tunnel, the official said.

He said subject to fair weather and clearance of road the stranded vehicles shall be allowed to their destinations tomorrow.

After remaining closed for several hours due to landslides at Morh Ghori, the highway was opened on Wednesday afternoon.