Fresh landslide in Banihal briefly closes Jammu-Srinagar National Highway

BANIHAL: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, which reopened on Thursday, was again briefly closed for traffic after a fresh landslide here, officials said.

The 270-km all-weather road, connecting Kashmir to the rest of India, was shut on Wednesday after a landslide sent stones hurling down a hillock in Banihal’s Gangroo area.

One-way traffic resumed on the highway Thursday morning after authorities allowed Srinagar-bound vehicles to proceed, the officials said.

However, traffic was stopped around 11 am after a landslide occurred at Kharpur near Banihal – the gateway town to the Kashmir Valley, blocking the highway, they said. (AGENCIES)