Srinagar, Nov 3: The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road linking Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was closed on Saturday due to landslides, triggered by rain while historic Mughal road also remained shut for the third day today due to snowfall and slippery road conditions.
Traffic on the Kashmir highway was suspended following landslides, triggered by rain, at several places between Ramban and Ramsu, a traffic police official said.
He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have already pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides and put through the traffic. He said traffic on the only all weather road to Kashmir will be resumed only after receiving green signal from traffic police officials posted at different places and BRO authorities.
The official said, 'Today, we have announced to allow movement of passenger and Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) from Srinagar to Jammu only.' Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for Kashmir and fruits from here to mandis across the country are stranded on the highway.
Since the NHAI is working for construction of four-lane road, only one-way traffic is allowed on the highway, badly affecting export of fruits from here and imports of essentials for different parts of the country.
Nothing can be said when historic Mughal road will reopen since there is heavy snowfall and road also remained slippery due to below freezing point temperature during the night, the official added.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Poonch Rajeev Panday in a tweet early this morning said, 'Around 60 truck drivers rescued from Peer ki Gali who were stuck due to snowfall with the help of Indian Army (6 sector, 16 RR ) Romeo Force.'
'Those drivers refused to come on Thursday night with our rescue party,' the SSP added.He said the drivers did not come as they thought that weather will improve and they may get an opportunity to move. UNI