Srinagar-Jammu highway closed due to landslides

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/10/2019 12:43:56 PM

SRINAGAR, May 9: The Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir valley with rest of the country, was closed due to fresh landslides on Thursday morning, a traffic police official said.
Meanwhile, one-way traffic continued to ply on the national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir and historic 86-km-long Mughal Road.
"We had announced that traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Thursday after civilian traffic remained suspended yesterday due to ban to allow free and secure movement of security force convoy," traffic official said.
The government has banned civilian traffic twice in a week on Sunday and Wednesday for safe movement of security force convoy after 44 CRPF personnel were killed in a fidayeen attack at Awantipora on the highway in February this year.
However, the government has reviewed the ban and announced to lift it on Wednesday from next week. Ban on Sunday civilian traffic movement will continue till further orders.
However, traffic was suspended on the highway this morning following fresh huge landslides at Digdol Ramban last evening, a traffic police official told media today. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have already pressed into service sophisticated machine and men to clear the landslides, he said.
However, he said, it will take 24 hours to put through traffic on the highway. Traffic will be resumed only after getting green signal from officials posted at different places. Hundreds of vehicles are stranded at different places on the highway.
Meanwhile, only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, he said adding today Ladakh bound vehicles were allowed to ply from Sonamarg in central Kashmir to Kargil in Ladakh region.
Only one-way traffic will ply on 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. Today LMVs and HMVs plied from Shopian to other side of the other side of Pir-ki-Gali.



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