Day 5: Highway re-opens for a while, but closed again

After its brief re-opening on Sunday, the traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway was once again suspended in the afternoon following massive shooting stones and landslides on the thoroughfare, officials said.
Day 5: Highway re-opens for a while, but closed again
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After its brief re-opening on Sunday, the traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway was once again suspended in the afternoon following massive shooting stones and landslides on the thoroughfare, officials said.

"The road was re-opened on Sunday morning after four days of its continuous closure but was again closed following landsides and shooting stones," Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic-Rural), Ajaz Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir.

He said heavy shooting stones hit Ramban Sector again. "No vehicle crossed Ramban and hundreds of vehicles are stranded on the road," he said.

Bhat said nothing can be said about re-opening of the road as of now. 

"Shooting stones are coming in the way of re-opening of the road. We can't risk the lives of highway travelers.  In the morning (of Monday), the intending travelers must contact traffic control units in Srinagar or Jammu to know the status of the road," Bhat said.

The police officer said efforts are on to restore the 300-km highway, the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the world. "The agencies concerned are working round-the-clock and making all efforts to clear the road," he said.

Reports said the stranded people are facing immense problems.

Meanwhile, weather improved in Kashmir on Sunday, even as local MeT department predicted dry days ahead. The improvement in weather led to increase in day temperatures while minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir including Srinagar settled below freezing point, officials said.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus one degree Celsius—four degrees below normal during this part of the season, they said.

They said the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, which experienced over two-foot fresh snow this week, continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches down from the previous night.

The hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, the officials said, also witnessed a fall of two degrees in the night temperature which settled at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius.

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