Kishtwar NH closed for 2nd day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 25: The 110-kilometer long Batote-Doda-Kishtwar Highway connecting Jammu and other parts of the State remained closed for the second consecutive day.
The highway got closed due to fresh landslide triggered due to rains at Kuligad area near Drabshalla during the intervening night of April 23 and 24.
Apart from road connectivity, the heli services to and fro between Kishtwar and Jammu also remained affected today also.
Vehicles carrying essential commodities including vegetables, fruits, ration, petrol and diesel also remained stranded on the highway.
Some of the people de-boarded their respective passenger vehicles and reached their destination by trekking through alternate mountainous routes.
However, the men and machinery is on the spot and doing work to restore the vehicular movement on the highway.
When contacted, Syed Aijaz, AEE, R&B Division Kishtwar, who is supervising the restoration work on the highway said that the work to restore the highway is going on.
“We are trying our best to restore the vehicular movement on the highway by using heavy machineries provided by NHPC in the shortest possible time”, he added.
The highway will be thrown open for vehicular movement tomorrow evening, as shooting stones are still coming down on the highway and also hampering the restoration work.
As per sources, the heli services remained suspended due to non-availability of the pilots, however, officials remained stick to their statements that there are some technical problems.