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Landslides shut Jammu-Srinagar national highway; vehicles halted

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway Was Closed For Traffic On Monday As Land Slides Occurred At Several Places Along The Road Link Following Rains.

PTI | Updated on: 20 Feb 2017, 12:31:20 PM
Landslides shut Jammu-Srinagar national highway; vehicles halted


The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed for traffic on Monday as land slides occurred at several places along the road link following rains. An official of the Traffic Control Room said one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar was scheduled to ply on the highway today, but the vehicles have been halted near Nagrota in Jammu region due to landslides.

The official said men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear-off the muck left behind by the landslides and the road is expected to be re-opened for traffic later this afternoon.Landslides occurred at some places along the nearly300-km long highway, the only all-weather road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country, due to overnight rains.

A spokesman of the Meteorological Department here said most parts of the Valley, including summer capital Srinagar, received rains overnight. Owing to the overcast conditions, the night temperature across the Valley, except Gulmarg, remained above the freezing point.

The spokesman said there is possibility of light rainfall or snow, especially in the higher reaches of Kashmir in coming days, after which the weather is likely to remain dry.

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First Published : 20 Feb 2017, 12:05:00 PM