Jammu-Sri­na­gar high­way re­mains closed for 3rd day

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB / J&K / HP - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

JAMMU: The 294-km long Jam­muS­ri­na­gar na­tional high­way - the val­ley’s only sur­face link with the rest of the coun­try, re­mained closed for the third day, after land­slides and shoot­ing stones caused a block­ade be­tween Ud­ham­pur and Bani­hal sec­tion.

Mean­while more than 1,500 ve­hi­cles re­main stranded at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions on the high­way.

The high­way was closed for ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic on Mon­day, after snow­fall around Jawa­har tun­nel and land­slides trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rain at Pan­thyal, Ram­soo, Anokhi­fall caused mul­ti­ple block­ages.

How­ever, the ar­te­rial high­way was re-opened for ve­hic­u­lar move­ment for cou­ple of hours on Tues­day to clear around 200 Kash­mir-bound stranded pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles.

But fresh land­slide in the evening at Anokhi Fall near Bani­hal again forced the clo­sure of the high­way.

Mean­while , the traf­fic au­thor­i­ties on Wed­nes­day had sus­pended all kind of ve­hic­u­lar move­ment, ei­ther from Jammu or Sri­na­gar on the high­way due to a land­slide at Anokhi Fall.

The traf­fic au­thor­i­ties have stopped ve­hic­u­lar move­ment from Jammu at Na­grota check post and from Kash­mir val­ley at Lower Munda near Qazi­gund.

Even as men and ma­te­rial of Hin­dus­tan Con­struc­tion Com­pany — who are carrying on four-lan­ing of Ram­ban-Bani­hal sec­tion — re­mained en­gaged in clear­ing the de­bris from the high­way, the fresh land­slides are ham­per­ing the road clear­ance work.

Dur­ing the day, fresh land­slides at Marog and Kela Morh be­tween Ram­ban and Bani­hal sec­tion and at Kheri Passi just cou­ple of kilo­me­ters ahead of Ud­ham­pur town, fur­ther en­cum­bered the sit­u­a­tion.

The clo­sure of the high­way has led to traf­fic snarls on var­i­ous lo­ca­tions on the high­way and com­muters were seen ea­gerly wait­ing for re­sump­tion in ve­hic­u­lar move­ment.

Due to clo­sure of the high­way, around 500 Val­ley-bound trucks at Ud­ham­pur, 450 ve­hi­cles near Ram­abn and 600 ve­hi­cles are stuck at Jammu by­pass.

A traf­fic of­fi­cial said, "No traf­fic move­ment was al­lowed to­day. How­ever, we are hope­ful of clear­ing the de­bris by the evening. There­after, our first pri­or­ity would be to clear around 200 pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles stranded around Ram­ban.”

AVALANCHE WARN­ING

CHANDI­GARH: The Chandi­garhbased Snow and Avalanche Study Es­tab­lish­ment (SASE) is­sued avalanche warn­ings for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day on Wed­nes­day for some dis­tricts of Jammu and Kash­mir and Hi­machal Pradesh.

The SASE said the warn­ings will re­main valid for 24 hours start­ing at 5pm on Wed­nes­day.

AROUND 1,500 VE­HI­CLES STILL STUCK ON THE NH; WAS OPENED FOR ONLY A COU­PLE OF HOURS ON TUES­DAY TO CLEAR AROUND 200 STRANDED KASH­MIR­BOUND PAS­SEN­GER VE­HI­CLES

PTI

Ve­hi­cles stranded on the Jammu­Sri­na­gar high­way near Na­grota due to land­slides trig­gered by inces­sant rains and fresh snow­fall on Wed­nes­day.

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