Srinagar-Jammu national highway remains closed for 5th day

SRINAGAR, Mar 31 (Agencies): The 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Tuesday even as hundreds of valley-bound trucks, carrying essential commodities, were 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 said.
He said it will take another day to restore traffic on the highway due to a massive landslide at Dalwas, where a portion of the hill has come down. “Most likely, the highway will reopen for traffic from Wednesday,” he added.
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.

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