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Army to help air-lift stranded students to and from Jammu, Srinagar

Hundreds of Kashmir-bound passengers, stranded in Jammu, have been regularly holding protest demanding their airlifting to the Valley.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: February 11, 2019 18:21 IST ]
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Army to help air-lift stranded students to and from Jammu, Srinagar (Representative image)

Indian Army is going to help air-lift stranded students and others from Jammu to Srinagar and vice versa, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed on Monday. 

"Inclement weather affected their movement. Acknowledge the phone call of Mehbooba Mufti on this matter. Also just spoke with DC Jammu, she said on Twitter. 

Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, who spoke to the defence miister earlier in the day, had said she was given assurance for the required arrangements for the stranded passengers. 

Also read | IAF airlifts 186 stranded passengers from Jammu to Srinagar

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for vehicular traffic on Wednesday following heavy snowfall and incessant rains which triggered avalanches and landslides at various places between Qazigund-Banihal-Ramban stretch including Jawahar Tunnel - the gateway to the Kashmir valley.

Hundreds of Kashmir-bound passengers, stranded in Jammu, have been regularly holding protest demanding their airlifting to the Valley.

The protesters rued that they are running short of money and are facing immense problems due to lack of proper lodging and boarding facilities.

They have alleged that some hoteliers and shopkeepers are fleecing them, taking undue advantage of the situation.

The restoration work along the highway continued for the sixth straight day on Monday as fresh landslide hampered the efforts to reopen the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country.

A massive landslide hit the 270-km-long highway at Maroog on Sunday afternoon shortly after 150 Srinagar-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Banihal from Ramban.

In view of the closure of the highway, the Governor administration has directed for maintaining adequate stock of food grains, LPG, kerosene, petroleum products and other essentials commodities in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, especially in snow-bound areas.

Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, adviser to the Governor, has directed for review of the stock and supply position for both divisions and ensuring adequate availability of essential commodities in snow-bound and remote and inaccessible areas.

Meanwhile, the MeT department has predicted another spell of snowfall and rains across the state from Tuesday evening with major spell on February 13 and 14.

A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state from Tuesday evening to Friday noon. The disturbance will move from north west to south east and again the Pirpanjal range from Gulmarg to Bhaderwah which will witness moderate to heavy rain or snow, especially on February 13 and 14, the weatherman said. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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