Landslides force closure of Kashmir highway again

Srinagar

The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway has been shut again due to landslides, triggered by rain on Friday.

An official said that rain has triggered fresh landslides on the highway in Panthal. “The operation to remove the debris has started and the highway is likely to be restored for one-way traffic in the afternoon, he said.

The stranded vehicles will be allowed only when a green signal is received from BRO and traffic police officials posted at several places on the highway, said an official.

After partial restoration of the highway, there was some relief from the severe shortages of essential supplies in the landlocked Kashmir Valley.

However, frequent closure of the highway and allowing only one-way traffic has resulted in increase in prices of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables as there is hardly any local vegetable available in the valley during winter.

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