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Jammu-Srinagar national highway reopens after 2 days

A massive landslide had blocked the 294-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, at Ramsoo in Ramban district on Saturday, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2018 23:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Press Trust of India
Jammu-Srinagar Highway,Jammu Srinagar highway,Jammu-Srinagar NH
Landslides, triggered by heavy rains, in Ramsoo and Magarkote areas of Ramban district, have completely blocked vehicular movement on the highway since Saturday morning.(HT Photo)

The 294 km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, a vital surface link with the rest of the country, reopened partially late on Sunday after remaining closed for nearly two days due to major landslides near Rambanm.

The landslides had blocked the highway, leaving more than a thousand vehicles stranded at different locations.

The shutdown of traffic movement has resulted in a massive traffic snarl on the both ends of the blocked stretch. Hundreds of trucks, load carriers and passengers vehicles were seen parked along the highway since the wee hours of Saturday.

The rain has caused major landslides in Ramsoo and Magarkote areas of Ramban district on early Saturday morning, completing blocking the highway since then.

Though the landslides from couple of lactations were cleared on Saturday evening, but a fresh landslide again blocked the highway near Ramsoo town.

On Sunday, a few stranded passengers were seen crossing the affected area on foot to reach other side of the highway for their onward journey to their respective destinations. While number of vehicles have returned to the places of their origin.

More than 1,000 vehicles are stranded at various locations on the highway including Udhampur, Kud, Ramban, Ramsoo and Qazigund.

Meanwhile, hundreds on the stranded passengers had a night halt at Ramban, in a camp established by the local administration, where they were provided free lodging and food.

However, Hindustan Construction Company, engaged in four lanning of Ramban to Banihal section with its men and machinery are engaged in road clearance work, however intermittent rainfall is hampering highway restoration.

Banihal, deputy superintendent of police(traffic), Vishal Manhas said, “No vehicle was allowed to move from either Jammu or Srinagar on the highway today. The highway restoration work is at full swing and it is expected that by late evening, the road will be made traffic worthy for one way movement of vehicles”.

First Published: Aug 26, 2018 23:11 IST