Banihal/ Jammu: Restoration work was still continuing on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway which stayed closed for the sixth straight day on Monday as fresh landslides hampered efforts to reopen the road for traffic, officials said.
A massive landslide hit the 270-km-long highway at Maroog on Sunday afternoon shortly after 150 Srinagar-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Banihal from Ramban, they said.
When the vehicles crossed Maroog, a huge landslide occurred, leaving the highway blocked, the officials said, adding that the agency concerned immediately deployed men and machines to clear the debris.
A state disaster response force (SDRF) vehicle installed near the site for lighting purpose was hit by shooting stones on Sunday night, forcing suspension of the clearance operation, they said.
The vehicle suffered some damage but no one was injured in the incident, the officials said, adding that the road clearance operation at the scene besides Panthiyal and Kella Morh resumed on Monday morning.
Stranded vehicles would be given priority once the clearance operation is completed, officials said.
Meanwhile, the MeT department has predicted another spell of snowfall and rain across the state from Tuesday evening, with a major spell likely on February 13 and 14.
A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state from Tuesday evening to Friday noon. The disturbance will move from northwest to southeast and again the Pirpanjal range from Gulmarg to Bhaderwah will witness moderate to heavy rain or snow, especially on February 13 and 14, the weather office said.