Srinagar, June 12: Traffic on the national highway, connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was suspended on Wednesday following fresh landslides triggered by heavy rain, a traffic police official said.
Historic 86-km-long Mughal Road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was closed for traffic movement due to landslides and felling of trees. Efforts are being made to remove tree and landslides on the road.
He said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), responsible for maintenance and widening of the highway have pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides. However, intermittent shooting stones are hampering the landslides clearing operation, he said.
Traffic on the highway was suspended a day after Advisor to the Governor K K Sharma, accompanied by Advisor K Vijay Kumar travelled by road from Udhampur to Kashmir in order to get first hand information about the condition of the highway, the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country.
An official spokesman said during their travel, the Advisors met several officers and conducted inspections en route and directed the concerned to work in a coordinated manner so that the construction work on Udhampur Chenani section, Nashri to Ramban section and Ramban to Banihal section gets completed within the stipulated time, so the commuters on this prestigious and important roadway do not face any kind of inconvenience. (UNI)