Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed for third day

Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for traffic for the third consecutive day on Saturday even as operations have started to clear the debris from landslides.

“The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which was closed on Thursday due to massive landslides triggered by heavy rains at several places along the highway, continues to remain closed for the third consecutive day today,” SSP Traffic, National Highway, Sanjay Kotwal said.

He said around 600 vehicles, including 550 trucks, were stranded at different places on the 300-km long highway.

“Some stranded passenger vehicles were cleared yesterday but around 550 Jammu-bound trucks and 50 passenger vehicles were still stranded at different places on the highway,” Kotwal said.

He said with the improvement in the weather condition, the operation to clear the debris from the highway has started. But no movement of fresh vehicles would be allowed on Saturday.

“Our men and machineries are busy clearing the debris from the highway. No new vehicles would be allowed to ply on the highway until the entire stretch is cleared and becomes safe for traffic,” he said.

Kotwal said the Batote-Doda National Highway has also been closed for vehicular traffic due to landslides at two places.