STATE TIMES NEWS
Banihal/Jammu: Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as landslides triggered by incessant rains blocked the arterial road at over a dozen places in Ramban district, officials said.Road clearance agencies have pressed their men and machinery and efforts are on to ensure early restoration of the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, the officials said.The highway was closed on Tuesday following snowfall in the high altitude areas and incessant rains in the plains in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir over the past three days.The Jawahar Tunnel the gateway to the Kashmir valley along the highway also experienced an inch of snowfall on Tuesday morning but the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has cleared the road stretch.Deputy Superintendent of Police Traffic (National Highway Ramban), Parul Bhardwaj said landslides and shooting of stones form the hillocks overlooking the highway had blocked the road at 14 places between Nashri and Banihal.Road clearance operation is in progress at all the effected places and we are hopeful of clearing the debris at most of the places by this evening, the officer told PTI.However, he said a massive landslide spread over 600 metres at Mihard pose a major challenge. A truck is also stranded in the middle and efforts are on to pull it out.He said there has been a slight improvement in the weather this morning but the skies still remain overcast.Meanwhile, many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir, including the famous tourist destination of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, while the plains were lashed by rains, officials said.Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded over one feet of fresh snowfall on Tuesday night, the officials said.They said intermittent snowfall continued in Gulmarg on Wednesday morning.Other areas in the higher reaches of the valley, including Sonamarg, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, and Pahalgam, in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, also received fresh snowfall, they added.In Bandipora district of north Kashmir, Gurez and Razdhan Pass recorded nine and 19 inches of snow, respectively.According to the officials, in Kupwara district, also in the north, Sadhna Top and Z-Gali recorded about one feet of fresh snow, while about six inches were recorded in other areas in Karnah and Keran. The officials said the plains in the valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rains, which continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, causing water-logging in many areas.
Technical snag in LG’s Twitter handle; resolved
Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account suspended permanently
‘COVID Appropriate Behaviour’ key to combat virus; Ruchi speaks to AIIMS doctor
Don’t panic, life will be normal again: Dr Sushil Razdan speaks frankly on COVID
Sensex tanks over 450 pts in early trade; Nifty slips below 14,800
Rupee falls 18 paise to 73.53 against US dollar in early trade
Petrol, diesel price rise again; petrol above Rs 100-mark
Rupee rallies 18 paise to 73.33 against US dollar in early trade
Petrol, diesel prices at record highs; Petrol crosses Rs 100-mark in Maharashtra
Download 10Cric Casino app, and enjoy Indias most popular casino games, directly on your mobile!
Gamble with real money online! Play Indias favourite casino games at 7Jackpots.com, Indias most trusted online casino site.
© 2020 State Times Daily Newspaper | Powered by Ideogram Technology Solutions [P] Ltd.