Highway closed for third day

Highway closed for third day

Sohail Punjabi

Jammu: The 300-kms long Jammu-Srinagar Highway remained closed for the third consecutive day Wednesday.
The highway was closed after continuous rain and snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir triggered massive landslides at various places on the highway that washed away a large portion of the road.
“There have been landslides at several places along the highway because of which a large stretch of the road has been washed away,” police officials said.
The vehicular traffic on Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar road also remained closed for the third day due to fresh landslide at Samroli in Udhampur district.
Meanwhile, Kashmir- bound stranded passengers blocked Gumat-Indra Chowk road for 2 hours over the closing of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on the third consecutive day today. The traffic movement was also disturbed during the protest as hundred of vehicles were diverted from the end of Dogra Chowk and Indra Chowk till protest.
Jammu Additional Deputy Commissioner, DIG Traffic and SP North rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protesters to restore traffic movement but they continue sticking over their demands.
Additional DC and Traffic DIG assured the protesters that arrangements have been made for the stay of stranded passengers at Haj and Auqaf Complex till restoration of traffic on the highway.
Referring to allegations of stranded passenger regarding overcharging by the bus operators, Traffic DIG said, “We are keenly watching the issue of overcharging by bus and TATA Sumo operators, hotels, restaurants, tea stalls and Dhabhas among the stranded passengers at Jammu Bus Stand. If anyone is found overcharging, the concerned Police Station will definitely take stern action against such elements and will be booked under law.” (with PTI inputs)