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Jammu KashmirHeavy landslides disrupts restoration works, Highway closed

Heavy landslides disrupts restoration works, Highway closed


Heavy landslides disrupts restoration works, Highway closed

Thousand vehicles, passengers stranded; Rain, snow likely in next 24 Hrs

Tahir Mushtaq


Tawi/Ramban, Feb 03: From last two days thousand of vehicles and passengers are stranded on Srinagar-Jammu highway road; due to the unprecedented land sliding at different areas there.


According to the Inspector General of Police for Traffic Shafqat Watali, there are more than 400 passenger vehicles and above 2500 vehicles goods carrying vehicles stranded on national highway.

He said that all the passenger vehicles have been moved towards safer places and all possible help is being provided to them.

“We have moved 400 passenger vehicles towards safe places, and they are getting all required help,” IGP traffic Shafqat Watali said.

He said, “there is massive land sliding and stone shooting occurring in Battery Chasma, Digdol areas and all men and machinery are putting there efforts to clear the road.”

Adding, that the working agency has asked them for three to four hours to make the road clear and if situation improves, only the stranded vehicles will be allowed towards their destinations.

“We will look if land sliding stops then we will allow only stranded vehicle to move,” IGP traffic said.

Meanwhile the department has forecasted more rain and snowfall in valley in upcoming next days, which may again result further closure of road.


Besides efforts largely  made by the agencies engaged on the job and administration for opening National highway for traffic movement,  consecutively second day the traffic remained suspend on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway after again  heavy landsliding   at Meihar and Digdole area along four laning construction sites on National Highway in  district Ramban .


After getting information officers and officials of administration and Traffic Police reached the spots and started work to clear the road besides men and machinery were put on job to clear the highway.


There are around 3500 vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar were stranded on the NHW near the landslide area whereas traffic congestion was also witnessed in Ramban town as light motor vehicles were diverted through Maitra road  to avoid further traffic jam.


Passengers said that we are stuck on NHW from the morning but till now the road is still not clear and we have not received any kind of help from district administration.


When contacted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic Ramban Sanjay Bhagat said that there are about 2000 vehicles both heavy and light motor vehicles.


He added that it take more two to three hours to clear the road at Digdole area of district Ramban. Men and machines on work from yesterday night to clear the National Highway on both areas.


However, Tehsildar Ramban Gurpreet Singh said that the administration is on work to help the stranded passengers in every possible way.


He further said that the district administration assured that the passenger will get everything including eatables, accommodation at reasonable rates. Tehsildar added that the administration has providing blankets to the passengers whose are staying in Ramban and other shelter sheds established by the district administration at different places along NHW.


Jammu and will embrace another spell of rains and snowfall within next 24hours, Meteorological department forecasts high snowfall in upper reaches in Kashmir.

More rains and snow in next 24 hours, Metrological department said that, there are chances of more rainfall in Jammu and snowfall in Kashmir.

“We are expecting more snow in higher reaches and rains in plains of Kashmir and Jammu region including Chenab valley upto Saturday,” weather official told.

Adding that, “Jammu and Chenab valley may receive good spell of rainfall.”

Mercury level has raise above the freezing point in Kashmir and gives respite to people from bone chilling cold.


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