Snowfall and landslides keep Jammu-Srinagar's NH closed for the second day

BANIHAL/JAMMU: The 270 km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only all-weather highway that joins Kashmir with the rest of the country, closed for the second day on Tuesday amidst snowfall and landslides in several places, officials said. traffic department.

Snowfall continues in many places, including the entrance gate, while rains caused multiple landslides along the Panthiyal-Ramsu stretch at night, making it difficult for early road restoration efforts, officials said.

Vehicle traffic on the highway was suspended Monday night after snowfall and landslides, leaving more than 600 vehicles stranded between Ramban and.

Approximately eight inches of snow had accumulated on the ground in the Jawahar Tunnel area since Monday, officials said, adding that the shooting of stones from the mounds that dominated the road continued in Panthiyal, Digdole, Maroog and Moumpassi.

The reopening of the road for vehicle traffic depends on the improvement of the weather and the stopping of the rocks that slide from the hills. The men and the machines are ready to clear the road of debris, they said.

The meteorologist predicted a significant improvement in the weather since Tuesday night, but said it is likely to hit another snowfall and rain in Kashmir and between January 12 and 13.