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Landslides, snowfall force Srinagar-Jammu highway to close

IANS  Srinagar, February 05, 2013
First Published: 09:56 IST(5/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:57 IST(5/2/2013)

Following fresh snowfall and landslides at some places, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

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An official of the border roads organisation (BRO), which maintains the over 300 kilometres long highway, said fresh snowfall occurred on Monday night in the Bannihal sector, while landslides hit the road at Panthal, Seri and Kela Morh areas.

"One of our boys was injured during the road clearance operations in Panthal area yesterday (Monday)," the official said.

"The operation has started again. If the weather permits, stranded vehicles would be allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar."

The highway is the only surface link of the landlocked Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. All essentials of life are routed through this highway.

Temporary closures of the highway especially during the winter months often shoot up prices of essential commodities as unscrupulous traders resort to hoarding and profiteering.


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