Jammu-Srinagar NH closed for vehicular traffic

PTI Jammu | Updated on February 26, 2011 Published on February 26, 2011

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was closed today for vehicular traffic following heavy snowfall and rains.

“The highway is closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall at Jawahar Tunnel, Banihal and Patnitop areas resulting in blockade,” police said.

This is the second time that the 294-km-long highway, the only surface link between the Valley and the rest of the country, has been closed in as many days. The highway was closed for vehicular traffic on Thursday and was reopened on Friday.

As a result of the closing of the highway today, over 300 vehicles, including 70 passenger vehicles, were stranded at various points of the highway, they said.

Police said the Border Road Organisation men are working to clear the snow from the highway. Rajouri-Poonch highway was also blocked due to heavy snowfall at der-ki-Gali area and efforts are on to clear the snow, they said.

The 294-km road, which often gets closed during winter, is the only route used for bringing in goods supplies, fuel and other necessary items to the Valley.

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Published on February 26, 2011
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