Jammu-Srinagar highway closed due to landslides, snowfall

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Srinagar: Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley, has been closed due to landslides and shooting as well as snow accumulation around the NVYUG tunnel, officials said on Wednesday.

“Jammu-Srinagar highway has been closed for vehicular movement due to landslides and shooting stones at many places on the thoroughfare and snow accumulation around the NVYUG Tunnel,” an official of the traffic department here told GNS.

Hundreds of vehicles including at least around 300-Kashmir bound trucks, carrying essentials and other supplies, are stranded at Banihal alone, official sources said.

The traffic department officials had urged commuters not to travel on the thoroughfare without confirming its status traffic control units either at Ramban or Srinagar in view of inclement weather prediction issued by meteorological department.

Subject to fair weather and better road conditions, light motor vehicles (passenger and private cars) were scheduled to ply from both sides on the highway—viz Jammu towards Srinagar and vice-versa .

Meanwhile, Mughal Road, connecting Shopian with Poonch and Rajouri districts, remained closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali.

Also, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road remained shut for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation on Zoji la axis and has been closed till further orders. Kishtwar-Sinthan road also remained closed in view of snow accumulation, the traffic department official said. (GNS)

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