Day 4: Kishtwar remains cutoff due to road blockade

‘Shooting stones hampering restoration work’

Touseef Butt
Kishtwar, Publish Date: Mar 21 2017 2:00AM | Updated Date: Mar 21 2017 2:00AM
Day 4: Kishtwar remains cutoff due to road blockadeFile Photo

Kishtwar remained cut off from rest of the state for the fourth consecutive day after massive landslides blocked the only surface link to the district.

The road was closed on Thursday evening after over  100 meter stretch was washed away by massive landslides near Drabshala- some 15 KM from the Kishtwar town.

Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, remained stranded at several places     between Doda- Kishtwar stretch of the highway, sources said today.

Sources said the people are forced to travel on foot for 3 hours to cover 10 to 12 kms distance through hilly terrain to reach other side of the road for transshipment.

Eyewitnesses said that huge portion of the road has come under big rocks and boulders, while continued landslides and insufficient men and machinery are delaying the restoration work.

The R&B officials at the site informed that the road is completely washed out while the landslides also continue.   "We are helpless as the shooting stones are not allowing us to expedite work. If this will not end, it will take 10-15 days to make new path for traffic movement", they said.

Meanwhile, reports from different areas claimed that the people are facing acute shortage of ration, medicine, kerosene oil, petrol, Diesel, Vegetables, fruits, meat, and chicken due to the blockade of the Highway.

They said that the commuters travelling on foot   are facing problems as there is no arrangement of drinking water or first aid facilities from the side of district administration or police.

They added that district administration and local legislators have failed to arrange additional buses of JKSRTC to facilitate transshipment of the Jammu bound passengers who travel from Kishtwar to Drabshalla.