The 300-kms long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of country, continued to remain closed for the third consecutive day today following heavy rain and snowfall in the area.
"In the wake of heavy rain and snowfall across the state, the Jammu Srinagar Highway continues to remain closed for the third day today," police officials said.
They said the highway was closed after continuous rain and snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir triggered massive landslides at various places on the highway that washed away a large portion of the road.
"There have been landslides at several places along the highway because of which a large stretch of the road has been washed away," police officials said.
According to them, men and machinery have been deployedto throw the road open for vehicular traffic.
"Though we have stopped the movement of fresh vehicles on the highway, but still there are a large number of vehicles that continue to remain stranded on the highway," they said.
The vehicular traffic on Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar road also continues to remain closed for the third day due to fresh landslide at Samroli in Udhampur district.