Jammu-Srinagar NH opens for traffic

BANIHAL/JAMMU: The strategic Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was opened for stranded vehicles on Thursday, after it was closed due to multiple landslides following snowfall and rain, officials said.

No fresh traffic will be allowed either from Jammu or Srinagar on Friday, an official of the traffic department said.

The 270-km highway, the only road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was opened for stranded vehicles after three days on Wednesday but fresh landslide struck the road near Moum Passi near Ramsu bringing the traffic to a grinding halt once again.

“Traffic movement was restored after remaining closed for over 12 hours. Subject to fair weather and clearance of road tomorrow (Friday) only stranded vehicles will be allowed towards Jammu,” the official said.

The highway was closed on Monday following major landslides triggered by incessant rains and snowfall, leaving hundreds of Jammu-bound vehicles stranded. (AGENCIES)