Fresh landslide disrupts traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway, clearance operation underway

BANIHAL/JAMMU: A major landslide struck the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district on Saturday, disrupting smooth movement of traffic which was restored after three days of closure owing to fresh snowfall and multiple landslides, officials said.

The landslide completely blocked the highway near Maroog around 1 pm,leaving thousands of Kashmir-bound vehicles, which were allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar, stranded, they said.

The officials said the agency concerned pressed its men and machines, and after nearly six-hour long operation cleared the road for light motor vehicles.

The road clearance operation was still going on when last reports were received, the officials said, adding that there is heavy traffic congestion on the highway along the Ramban-Banihal stretch.

They said no fresh vehicle will be allowed either from Srinagar or Jammu on Sunday to allow clearance of the stranded vehicles.