Over 1500 vehicles stranded as landslides block Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban

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SRINAGAR: Over 1500 Kashmir-bound vehicles, including SRTC buses ferrying stranded people and trucks carrying essential commodities  are stranded for the second consecutive day on Thursday at different places on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Over 1500 vehicles stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway in Ramban. KL Image: Special Arrangement

An official said that the traffic on the highway was suspended again on today morning due to fresh landslides and shooting stones at Panthyal.

However, he said, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), responsible for maintenance and widening of the highway, have pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to cleared the landslides.

He added once the landslide clearance operation is over, stranded vehicles will be allowed to move towards their respective destinations.

Passengers and drivers stranded on the highway said that there is no sufficient arrangement for their stay or food in these areas.

“We are stranded here for the last 24 hours but the government has not bothered to know our miserable condition,” said Sheikh Saman a passenger from Srinagar.

Only essential service vehicles and SRTC buses, ferrying stranded passengers who were returning from different parts of the country have been allowed to ply on the highway in view of nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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