The national highway, lifeline of Jammu and Kashmir, remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive day on Tuesday due to heavy rain and snowfall at Patnitop and Jawahar Tunnel as well as fresh landslides near Ramban.
Snow-cutting machines have been pressed intio service to clear the two-feet high snow near the Jawahar tunnel and one-feet high at Patnitop which witnessed heavy snowfall in the past two days. Around 800 vehicles, including 500 trucks and 300 light motor vehicles, are stranded at various places on the national highway.
"Due to heavy snowfall between Kud and Batote as well as near Jawahar tunnel, vehicular movement could not be permitted for the second day today", said SP traffic Habib Mughal. Fresh landslides were reported from Panthal near Ramban last night and the roads could not be cleared as it rained continuously throughout the day on Tuesday," he added
"Our first priority is to make sure that hundreds of vehicles which are stranded on the highway reach their destinations and thereafter more vehicles will be allowed to move first from Srinagar side and then from Jammu side", he added.