March 2005 News

Fresh Landslides Hit J&K; Highway Closed Again

5 March 2005
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: The 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was on Saturday again closed to traffic due to fresh landslides, official sources said. The landslides at Ramsu, about 130 km from Jammu, were triggered by a fresh spell of snowfall in the upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley and continuous overnight rains in the plains, a traffic control spokesman said. He said snow had also blocked the Jawahar Tunnel and the authorities had directed upward movement of traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday. Commuter vehicles, security force convoys and heavy vehicles carrying essential commodities had been asked to cross Udhampur on way to Srinagar up to 12 pm, he said. No movement of vehicles would be permitted from Srinagar to Jammu on Saturday, the spokesman added. The arterial road that links Kashmir with the rest of the country was partially opened to traffic on Tuesday after remaining closed for a fortnight.


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