Srinagar, Jan 10: The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world, was halted on Sunday evening as the retaining wall of a bridge collapsed at Seiri area near Kella Morh in Ramban district, officials said.
They said that there is no passageway for the traffic to move, leaving vehicles stranded near the spot, close to the Jawahar tunnel.
T . Namgyal, ADGP Traffic J&K said the retaining wall collapsed as a result of which there is no space for the traffic to move.
A traffic department official said no vehicular movement shall be allowed on Jammu-Srinagar from Jammu towards Srinagar and vice-versa due to sudden damage of bridge at Kela Morh, Ramban .
There is no optional carriageway available,” he said.
Earlier, in the day, one way traffic was allowed on 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway despite snowfall.
However, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, which was seen as an alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway in summer, remained closed for the past over three weeks due to heavy to very heavy snowfall. There is no chance to reopen the road before the next summer.
The government has already announced the closure of Srinagar-Leh highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir valley, for winter months due to accumulation of eight to ten feet of snow since January 1, 2021. (GNS)