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Hundreds of trucks stranded on Kashmir highway due to landslides

Srinagar, Mar 28   Hundreds of Kashmir-bound truck, carrying essential commodities, were stranded as Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for the second successive day on Saturday due to multiple landslides triggered by heavy rains.
“The 270-km-long highway, which connects Kashmir valley with rest of the country, remained closed for traffic due to multiple landslides and shooting stones, triggered by rain,” a traffic police official Said.
He said the traffic was suspended on the highway on Friday afternoon following multiple landslides at Cafeteria morh, Monkey morh, Ramban, Battery chashma, Panyal morh, Panthyal, Mompassi, Digdol, Sherbibi and Hingni, triggered by rain.
However, he said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the road. He said once a green signal is received from traffic and NHAI officials, traffic will be resumed. Only essential commodities vehicles are allowed to ply on Srinagar-Jammu highway following ban on passenger vehicles to curtail spread of Coronavirus. But, the authorities have allowed State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) vehicles to ferry stranded travelers between Jammu and Srinagar. He said only one-way traffic will continue to ply on the highway till further orders on the highway as the road is very narrow and damaged at several places between Ramban and Ramsu where only one vehicle could pass easily. Frequent closure of the highway for the past one week has badly hit the movement of vehicles, particularly carrying essentials and passengers.

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