Srinagar, Mar 3 : Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essential commodities and passengers, were stranded on Tuesday as traffic was suspended on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to fresh landslides.
A traffic police official said there were fresh landslides at Pida on the highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country. 'The highway has been closed for vehicular movement as a precautionary measure and traffic will be allowed only after getting a green signal from the ground,' he told UNI. Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks loaded with essentials, are stranded on the highway. 'Traffic was allowed on Tuesday from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway,' he added.
However, he said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), responsible for maintenance and widening of the highway, has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides. Meanwhile, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed for the past over two months due to accumulation of snow.
Snow clearance operation has already started on the highway. The 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region and Anantnag-Kishtwar road also remained closed due to accumulation of snow for the past over two months. (UNI)