Kashmir-bound stranded vehicles on NH cleared

Kashmir Times. Dated: 5/11/2019 2:04:12 PM

Landslides disrupt traffic in Ramban

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, May 10: Vehicles, stranded at various places on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway from the last two days due to landslides and continuous shooting stones, were on Friday evening allowed to move towards Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, one-way traffic continued to ply on Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, and historic 86-km-long Mughal road.
“After clearing landslides at Digdol and some other places in Ramban, Kashmir-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to ply the highway, which connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country,” a traffic official said.
He said once the stranded vehicles were cleared, only then decision to allow fresh traffic on the 300-km-long highway would be taken.
Earlier the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for a second consecutive day on Friday due to landslides in Digdol area of Ramban district. Traffic department officials said the highway was closed for traffic as the landslide debris were still being cleared till late afternoon. A massive landslide hit the highway on Thursday morning.
Officials said the clearing work could continue until the road was declared safe for the passage of vehicles and no vehicle would be permitted to move from either Banihal or Udhampur side. Reports said over 3,000 vehicles were stranded at various places on the nearly 300-kml highway because of the blockade.



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