Landslide blocks Batote - Kishtwar highway

Landslide blocks Batote - Kishtwar highway

After remaining closed for 18 hours due to landslide and shooting stones at half-a-dozen places, the road was opened for traffic yesterday afternoon.

The Batote- Kishtwar Highway, connecting twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar with rest of the state, was closed again on Sunday morning when a huge landslide blocked the road at Ragi-Nullah – 21 km from Doda.

After remaining closed for 18 hours due to landslide and shooting stones at half-a-dozen places, the road was opened for traffic yesterday afternoon.

Today morning, a massive landslide and a huge boulder blocked the road near Ragi-Nullah on Batote-Doda stretch.

More than 150 passenger vehicles and those carrying essential commodities were stranded on both sides of the highway.

“The machines have reached the spot but the boulder can be removed only after blasting it," said SSP Doda Zahid Naseem Manhas.

“Shooting stones and torrential rains are hampering the restoration work but hopefully the road will be cleared by today afternoon,” he said.