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Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed due to fresh snowfall, landslides

It has been closed for vehicular traffic due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rains at multiple places and snow accumulated around the NAVYUG tunnel, officials added today.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Srinagar Published on: February 26, 2022 11:52 IST
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Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed due to fresh snowfall, landslides.

 

Highlights

  • Fresh snowfall, landslides prompt closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway
  • It's closed for traffic due to landslides, shooting stones triggered by rains at multiple places
  • The closure of the highway left dozens of trucks stranded at different places: Officials

Fresh snowfall and multiple landslides at different places on Saturday (February 26) forced the closure of the 270 km Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, officials said.

It has been closed for vehicular traffic due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rains at multiple places and snow accumulated around the NAVYUG tunnel, officials added today. 

The highway is the lifeline of the Kashmir Valley and the main road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country. Kashmir bound trucks laden with essential supplies and other vehicles pass through the highway.

The Banihal-Qazigund sector of the highway experienced overnight snowfall while landslides and shooting of stones from the hillocks were triggered by heavy rains at Rompadi-Banihal, Shalgardh-Wagan, Moumpassi-Ramsu, Panthiyal, Digdole, Maroog, Monkey Morh, Cafeteria Morh and Mehar in Raman district, the officials said.

They said a truck driver Waseem Ahmad Dar of Baramulla was injured when his vehicle was hit by a rolling boulder at Mehar around 4.30 am.

Dar was en route to Kashmir from Jammu and was rescued by a joint team of the police and civil volunteers, the officials said, adding his condition is stated to be “stable”.

The closure of the highway left dozens of trucks stranded at different places, the officials said.

With the improvement in weather, they said the road-clearance agencies have pressed men and machinery to clear the debris off the highway.

  
Reports of snowfall ranging between a few inches to over one feet were also received from the high altitude areas of Kishtwar, Reasi, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri and Kathua district of Jammu region.

The Trikuta hills, housing the famous cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Reasi, have turned white after the fresh snowfall but the pilgrimage was going on smoothly, the officials said.

(With agencies inputs) 

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