Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for second day

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for second day

SRINAGAR: The 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained closed for the second consecutive day on Friday due to landslides triggered by snowfall.
No traffic was allowed from Srinagar and Jammu on Friday as a precautionary measure due to landslides triggered at various places on the highway due to snowfall and rains, a traffic police officer said.
The highway was closed on Thursday due to snowfall at Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas en route.
Men and machines of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are working to clear the highway for traffic, he said.
Meanwhile, Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar highway, which was also closed for traffic on Thursday, was opened for light motor vehicles (LMVs) on Friday, he said.
Meanwhile, in Srinagar, a Traffic spokesman said the traffic remained suspended due to “slippery conditions on both sides of Jawahar Tunnel – the gateway to Kashmir.”
He said about one-and-a-half feet of snow got accumulated at the Jawahar Tunnel along Qazigund-Banihal stretch over the past two days of inclement weather and efforts are on to restore the road link as soon as possible.
“Our first priority is to clear the stranded vehicles,” he said adding, “no fresh vehicle was allowed to ply on the highway from either Jammu or Srinagar.”
He said if weather permits, the highway would be thrown open for normal traffic tomorrow.

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