J&K Highway Closed For 6th Day Due To Fresh Avalanches
12 February 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Fresh snowfall and avalanches kept the vital Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed for traffic for the sixth day today where over 2500 passengers are still stranded, official sources said here.'The highway is closed for the sixth day. The highway which was opened partially yesterday evening was closed due to fresh snowfall, avalanches and shooting of stones in Banihal, Ramsoo sector,' DIG traffic, Niyaz Mehmood said. Snow and landslide clearance operation have restarted this morning, he said adding over 2500 passengers are still stranded on the highway. Efforts are being made to airlift these stranded passengers to Jammu and Srinagar through the IAF which has pressed choppers into services for the third day today, he said. The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has warned of more avalanches in the next two days and declared a red alert along the highway, he said. Rashtriya Rifles troops are providing food and other facilities to the passengers, he said adding that even locals in Nogam, Banihal and Thater have given shelter to the stranded passengers.