Amid shooting stones, stranded vehicles allowed to move towards Srinagar on NH

Amid shooting stones, stranded vehicles allowed to move towards Srinagar on NH

Jammu: About 3,000 vehicles stranded since Wednesday at different parts of the Srinagar-Jammu highway crossed the Jawahar Tunnel on Saturday towards Srinagar, officials said. The highway was reopened for vehicular traffic Friday night after clearance of debris at Digdol.

Vehicular movement, however, was affected on Saturday by a fresh landslide and continuous shooting of stones from hillocks overlooking the highway in Ramban sector, officials said.

The highway was closed on Wednesday after a massive landslide in Digdole area, leaving thousands of vehicles, including trucks carrying livestock, fresh fruit and vegetables, stranded.

Dozens of sheep along with a large number of chicken died, while huge quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables perished due to the closure of the highway, officials said.

The officials said traffic on the Mughal Road was also suspended on Saturday morning after overnight light snowfall in Peer Ki Gali area. The light snowfall in Peer Ki Gali disrupted traffic between the districts of Rajouri and Poonch and Shopian in south Kashmir.

However, traffic was allowed at about 2.30pm after the road was cleared of the obstacles, they said.

Earlier, during the work of the clearance of the landslides at Digdol on the national highway, fresh landslide took place resulting in closure of highway for the second day, officials said.

As result of the blockade, over 2,500 heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and 500 light motor vehicles (LMVs) were stranded.

—PTI