A hill came down on the Srinagar-Jammu highway near Bani Nala resulting in the closure of the traffic. The valley Kashmir remained cut off from rest of the world for the third consecutive day Tuesday.
The snowfall and landslides disrupted traffic on the highway, thereby cutting the Valley’s connection with the rest of the world. About 5,000 vehicles, including both passengers and load carriers are stranded at different places on the highway.
Official sources said that heavy rains have triggered fresh landslides at Ramban, Ramsu and Udhampur areas.
Sources said that a massive hill has come down on the highway resulting in the closure of the highway. “A massive hill has come down on the highway and the Beacom authorities are busy in blasting it,” a passenger stranded near the site informed Kashmir Life.
He added that vehicles were directed to move away before blasting was started.
Official sources said that it was due to heavy rains since last twenty hours that a hill like rock slipped down on the highway.
For the past about three months only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway, which often remained closed due to landslides and snow.
Traffic police sources said that the highway remained closed and no fresh vehicle was allowed from Jammu or Srinagar since March 15.
They said about one-and-half-a-feet of fresh snowfall was recorded on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and Shaitan Nallah.