‘Dire Situation’ Forces Closure of Highway Amid Shooting Stones

Srinagar: The Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with outside world, remained closed on Tuesday due to “dire situation” amid heavy landslide  in Ramban district.

“Heavy landslide continue at Shalgadi, Banihal. Dire situation on (highway) today. People advised to avoid travel,” Mohita Sharma, SSP Traffic Highway, said in a tweet at around 3 p.m.

“(Highway) continues to remain closed due to shooting stones and slide at Shalgadi, Banihal. Ask TCU for update before making any travel plan,” she said in another tweet at around 11:30 p.m.

“From 20-02-2023, 1700 hrs. to 21-02-2023, 1700 hrs Jammu Srinagar highway remained blocked for 13 hrs 50 mins due to landslide/shooting stones near Sherbibi,” traffic official said this evening in a statement to GNS, adding, “ C-N Tunnel closed for 02 hrs 30 mins by Tunnel authority, making the total blockage of 16 hrs 20 mins. There was breakdown of 02 HMVs on NH-44 between Nashri and NAVYUG Tunnel.”

Regarding tomorrow, February 22, he said, “Jammu Srinagar highway is still closed due to huge landslide and continuous shooting stones near Sherbibi, Banihal.” (GNS)


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