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Restoration work continues along Jammu-Srinagar highway

PTI/Agencies, New Delhi
11/02/2019   0 Comments

The restoration work along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway continued for the sixth straight day on Monday as fresh landslide hampered the efforts to reopen the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said. A massive landslide hit the 270-km-long highway at Maroog on Sunday afternoon shortly after 150 Srinagar-bound stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Banihal from Ramban, they said. When the vehicles crossed Maroog, a huge landslide occurred, leaving the highway blocked, the officials said, adding, the agency concerned immediately deployed men and machines to clear the debris and efforts to clear the road are still going on. The vehicle suffered some damage but no one was injured in the incident, the officials said, adding that the road clearance operation at the scene besides Panthiyal and Kella morh resumed on Monday morning.

The highway was closed for vehicular traffic on Wednesday following heavy snowfall and incessant rains which triggered avalanches and landslides at various places between Qazigund-Banihal-Ramban stretch including Jawahar Tunnel - the gateway to the Kashmir valley, they notified. Hundreds of Kashmir-bound passengers, stranded in Jammu, have been regularly holding protest demanding their airlifting to the Valley. The protesters rued that they are running short of money and are facing immense problems due to lack of proper lodging and boarding facilities. They have alleged that some hoteliers and shopkeepers are fleecing them, taking undue advantage of the situation.

In view of the closure of the highway, the Governor administration has directed for maintaining adequate stock of food grains, LPG, kerosene, petroleum products and other essentials commodities in Kashmir and Jammu divisions, especially in snow-bound areas. Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, adviser to the Governor, has directed for review of the stock and supply position for both divisions and ensuring adequate availability of essential commodities in snow-bound and remote and inaccessible areas. Meanwhile, the MeT department has predicted another spell of snowfall and rains across the state from Tuesday evening with major spell on February 13 and 14.

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