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Srinagar-Jammu highway closed due to snowfall

UNI  Srinagar, February 27, 2013
First Published: 11:43 IST(27/2/2013) | Last Updated: 15:44 IST(27/2/2013)

The Kashmir valley was cut off yet again from the rest of the country as the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed on Wednesday due to fresh snowfall and landslides, triggered by heavy rains.

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Meanwhile, roads to far-flung and remote areas, including border towns of Keran, Karnah, Teetwal, Dawar, Neeru and Gurez besides the highway connecting the Ladakh region with
the rest of the state remained closed since December due to accumulation of snow.

It was still snowing at different places on the highway connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, official sources said here.

The highway was closed for traffic after more than one feet of fresh snowfall was recorded at Jawahar tunnel, they said, adding that Qazigund, Banihal and other places also received fresh snowfall since early this morning.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO),  responsible for the maintainance of the highway has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway.

However, continuous snowfall was hampering the snow clearance operation on the road which has also become slippery.

Heavy overnight rains has also triggered landslides and shooting stones in Ramban area.

The Met department has already issued a forecast for heavy snowfall in Pirpanchal range, including, the highway for two days.

Traffic on the highway was suspended several times during this winter due to snowfall and landslides.

Meanwhile, the Mughal road besides roads connecting far-flung villages with their respective district and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir districts of Kulgam and Shopian remained closed due to heavy snowfall.

Roads connecting the far-flung and remote areas, including the villages near the LoC also remained closed since December.

The border towns of Keran, Karnah, Tanghdar, Gureez, Machil, Dawar and Neeru also remained closed since December.

The highway connecting the Ladakh region with the rest of the state also remained closed since December due to heavy snowfall between Sonamarg-Zojila and Meenmarg.


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