Srinagar-Jammu Highway Closed Again

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SRINAGAR: The Srinagar-Jammu highway—the only surface link of Kashmir with rest of the world—was again closed for traffic on Friday following landslides and shooting stones in Ramban area.

“The Srinagar-Jammu highway is closed again but we are undertaking the clearance operation on war-footing,” an official said.

He said traffic will hopefully be restored soon in case of fair weather. “The intending highway travellers should contact traffic control units before leaving for their destination,” he said.

The highway was restored on Thursday for one-side traffic, day after it was blocked for several hours following landslides triggered by rain. However, after fresh landslides at Panthyal and several other places in Ramban due to overnight rain, it was again closed.

Meteorological Department director Sonam Lotus said, “Presently, the weather is cloudy in all three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, with light to moderate rain forecasted at scattered places in J&K.”

He also said that light to moderate rain was likely during the next 24 hours at scattered places in J&K and mainly dry weather thereafter. “There’s no forecast of any significant weather change for next one week to 10 days,” he added.

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