Landslides, shooting stones force closure of Batote-Kishtwar Highway

After three days of continuous rain and scattered spells of snowfall, Batote-Kishtwar highway connecting twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar of Chenab Valley with rest of the state, was closed for vehicular traffic on Friday morning due to shooting stones and landslides at several places on 50 KM Batote-Doda stretch.
Landslides, shooting stones force closure of Batote-Kishtwar Highway
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After three days of continuous rain and scattered spells of snowfall, Batote-Kishtwar highway connecting twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar of Chenab Valley with rest of the state, was closed for vehicular traffic on Friday morning due to shooting stones and landslides at several places on 50 KM Batote-Doda stretch.

The 110-Km Highway (NH1B), which was reopened for one way traffic on 22nd of January after remaining closed for five days due to Snowfall and slippery road conditions at Patni-Top, was closed again today morning due to fresh landslides and shooting stones at Pakki Hatti, Raggi Nallah and Kanderi Nallah.

"Although we managed to clear the overnight slides early in the morning but we were unable to restore the traffic, due to fresh landslides and shooting stones at three locations on 50km long Batote – Doda stretch of NH1B. Men and machines are there on the spots but shooting stones are hampering the restoration work," said Dy.SP traffic NH1B Aftab Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Doda-Bhaderwah road closed yesterday due to mudslides at Dradu and Sanai was restored for traffic in the afternoon.

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