National Highway restored, 1022 fuel tankers cross over to Valley

Machines clearing highway near Ramsu in Ramban on Thursday. — Excelsior/Shubam
Machines clearing highway near Ramsu in Ramban on Thursday. — Excelsior/Shubam

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 28: The traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which was blocked after fresh land slides near Ramsu last mid night, was restored after about 15 hours this afternoon while nearly 1022 petrol/ diesel and LPG tankers crossed over to Kashmir valley during past 24 hours.
Reports said fresh land slides at Mom Passi near Ramsu during mid-night, against blocked the National Highway and the movement of the vehicles towards Kashmir was stalled. Majority of the vehicles were carrying fuel supplies to Kashmir.
The National Highway authorities pressed two machines into service this morning and cleared the highway at around 2 pm. After clearing remaining nearly 100 odd stranded tankers towards Valley, the movement of empty trucks and 1500 LMVs towards Jammu from Kashmir side was allowed. Another land slides near Ramban blocked highway at around 5.30 pm but it was restored within an hour.
IGP, Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said the highway which remained closed for 3 days, was restored in the afternoon on Wednesday, but again during mid night, major fresh landslides hit the highway at the same place (Mom Passi) and blocked it. He said the highway could be restored around 2 pm and all the stranded tankers were cleared for Kashmir. The highway was clear and movement of heavy vehicles towards Jammu was in progress.
Kumar said about 1500 LMVs have been cleared till 8.30 pm to Jammu. Moreover, movement of empty oil tankers and trucks towards Jammu was also allowed, thereafter. He said sufficient fuel supplies to Kashmir have been ensured during past 36 hours. Before the closure of NH last night, about 900 oil/ LPG tankers had crossed towards Valley.