Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for second day; passengers stranded



The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to snowfall and landslides, a traffic official said.

Stranded vehicles on Srinagar Jammu highway on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
KL Image by Shah Hilal

The highway was closed on Wednesday after snowfall and rains caused landslides along the highway.

Reports said that commuters had a tough time after hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the highway.

An official said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear put through the highway. However, he said, continuous snowfall has hampered the operation to resume traffic early.

He said since traffic was allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar yesterday, majority vehicles, including those carrying passengers, have been stopped at different places on other side of the Banihal, particularly at Banihal, Ramban and other safe places.

“Once the snow clearance operation is over Kashmir bound stranded vehicles will be allowed to move,” said an official.

The historic Mughal Road which serves as an alternate surface link between the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region, was also remained closed for the fourth day due to heavy snowfall in the Pir Ki Gali stretch.


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