Highway closed after fresh landslides: IGP traffic

The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed after fresh landslides and shooting stones hit the road on Sunday, officials said.

Inspector general of traffic police Alok Kumar confirmed that traffic on the road has been halted because of fresh landslides and shooting stones at various places.

A traffic police official said that peripheral areas of Banihal, including the Jawahar tunnel, besides several other high-altitude areas including the famous ski-resort of Patnitop and Kud, witnessed fresh snowfall.

Summer capital Srinagar and other towns of Kashmir Valley Monday experienced moderate rains while as higher reaches received fresh snowfall.

“We expect improvement in weather from Tuesday evening,” a MeT official said.

Meanwhile, snow clearance operation on the Srinagar-Kargil, which was started last week, was hampered by fresh snowfall in the area on Monday.

Zojila pass and Sonamarg received about one-foot snow on Monday.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials said that the snow clearance was started on both sides of the Srinagar-Kargil highway by Project Vijayak (from Drass to Zero Point) and Project Beacon from (Sonamarg-Zero Point) and had cleared a stretch of the road.

However, inclement weather conditions and fresh snowfall since Monday morning halted the work. Clearance work will be restarted once the weather improves.