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J&K highway closed for third day, 400 vehicles stranded

PTI  Jammu, February 05, 2013
First Published: 11:21 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:42 IST(5/2/2013)

Vehicular movement remained suspended on the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway for the third consective day today, as over 400 vehicles and passengers were stranded at various places.

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"The highway was closed for traffic for the third day due to heavy snowfall and landslides at various places en route", police officials said.

Over 400 vehicles, including 60 light motor vehicles (LMVs) and mostly trucks, were stranded at various places on the highway at Banihal, Ramban, Patnitop, Kud and Udhampur areas due to closure of the highway, they said.

Over 400 passengers were also stranded on the highway, they said.

The men and machines of border road organisation (BRO) were working to clear the highway of snow and landslides but bad weather, snowfall and heavy rainfall together were making the task difficult, they said.

Traffic towards Kashmir valley has been stopped at Nagrota and Sidhra by the traffic police and over 1,000 vehicles remain stranded there.

Rains continue to lash the plains of Jammu and other areas whereas continued snowfall was reported in Pirpanchal ranges, upper reaches of Kishtwar, Ramban, Doda, Poonch and Kathua districts.


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