Jammu-Srinagar national highway reopens for traffic after landslide debris cleared

Highway reopens for traffic. GK photo

The 270-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway was reopened for traffic on Sunday morning, nearly 14 hours after it was blocked by a landslide in Ramban district.

Hundreds of Jammu-bound vehicles were stranded last night after a landslide struck the road at Bhoom in Chanderkote area, completely blocking the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, officials said.

The officials said two vehicles suffered some damages after being hit by debris, but their occupants escaped unhurt.

Road maintenance agencies pressed men and machinery to restore vehicular movement on the highway.

Traffic movement on the highway is restricted to one-way in view of the ongoing four-laning project.

An official said that Jammu-bound vehicles which were left stranded last night were allowed to move first soon after the landslide debris was cleared.