Srinagar-Jammu NHW blocked for 6th day

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/12/2019 4:58:59 PM

Restoration work continues

SRINAGAR, Feb 11: The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the sixth consecutive day today due to landslides and shooting stones.
Giving details a traffic police official said, "Due to landslides at Maroog and intermittent shooting stones between Ramban and Banihal stretch, the highway remained closed today also".
He added that traffic cops and road maintenance agencies are on job. "The decision regarding the vehicular movement on Jammu- Srinagar highway shall be taken tomorrow," official said.
He added that fresh landslide hampered the efforts to reopen the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country.
A massive landslide hit the highway at Maroog on Sunday afternoon shortly after 150 Srinagar-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Banihal from Ramban, officials said.
When the vehicles crossed Maroog, a huge landslide occurred, leaving the highway blocked, the officials said, adding, the agency concerned immediately deployed men and machines to clear the debris and efforts to clear the road are still going on.
A state disaster response force (SDRF) vehicle installed near the site for lighting purpose was hit by shooting stones on Sunday night, forcing suspension of the clearance operation, they said.
The vehicle suffered some damage but no one was injured in the incident, the officials said, adding that the road clearance operation at the scene besides Panthiyal and Kella Morh resumed on this morning.
A report said eastern tube of Jawahar Tunnel, north portal side, which was blocked by snow avalanche, has been made traffic worthy.
The 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, they notified.
The stranded vehicles would be given priority once the clearance operation is completed, official said.
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.
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 Pir Panjal range from Gulmarg to Bhaderwah which will witness moderate to heavy rain or snow, especially on February 13 and 14, the weatherman said.



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