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Srinagar-Jammu national highway reopens

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 19:11 IST
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After remaining closed to traffic for the past four days due to landslides triggered by heavy rain, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway reopened on Tuesday evening.

The highway has been cleared of the landslides between Ramban and Ramsu, a 23-km stretch, by border roads organisation personnel, a spokesman of the traffic department said.

He said that stranded vehicles on the highway including trucks carrying essential commodities to the Valley were allowed to proceed to their destinations.

The 300 km highway was closed on Friday when landslides triggered by heavy rain blocked the highway. The situation further worsened as floods submerged a portion of the highway from Awantipora to Barsoo in Pulwama district.

The spokesman said that the decision to allow fresh vehicles on the highway would be taken later on Tuesday night.

The authorities are monitoring the situation and would take a decision after consulting BRO, which maintains the highway that links Kashmir valley with rest of the country.

The spokesman said that although a portion of the highway at Barsoo, Lathpora and Chursoo-Chechkote remains submerged, the traffic has been diverted through Tral area.

Meanwhile, the 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway, which also remained closed for traffic since Friday, was reopened on Tuesday, the spokesperson said.