Snowfall, landslides block J-K highway

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    Snowfall, landslides obstruct J-K highway

    By: PTI|Jammu |

    Upgraded: November 16, 2020 4: 17: 45 pm





    The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which is accountable for roadway maintenance, has actually deployed its labor force to clear the roadway but the relentless rains obstructed the clearance operations, the authorities said, expecting the road to reopen for traffic later in the day. (Express File Image)

    The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather roadway connecting Kashmir with remainder of the country, was closed for traffic on Monday following snowfall around Jawahar Tunnel and landslides from the hillocks at several locations in Ramban district, authorities stated.

    The alternate link in between the valley and remainder of the nation, Mughal Roadway, likewise stayed closed for the third day as high elevation areas experienced snowfall, while plains of Jammu and other parts were lashed by rains given that Sunday afternoon, the authorities stated.

    The snowfall started around Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to the Kashmir Valley, late Sunday night and was continuing periodically, requiring authorities to suspend the traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway due to slippery condition of the road, the officials said.

    Nevertheless, the Border Roadways Organisation (BROTHER) which is maintaining the road stretch between Zig-Banihal, including the Jawahar Tunnel location, have actually pressed its men and machines to clear the road.

    The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which is accountable for roadway maintenance, has released its workforce to clear the road but the constant rains obstructed the clearance operations, the authorities said, expecting the road to resume for traffic later in the day.

    The authorities said the Mughal Road, linking the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu area with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, remained closed for the third day in view of heavy snowfall in Peer Ki Gali and adjoining locations.

    The snow clearance operation is most likely to begin later in the day offered the forecast of improvement in weather condition from this afternoon, they stated.

    Reports of snowfall from high altitude areas were gotten from Ramban, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur districts, while the plains consisting of Jammu city were lashed by rains considering that Sunday, ending over two-month-long dry spell in the area.

    A Meteorological Department authorities said the greatest 37.4 mm of rainfall was recorded in Banihal during the past 24 hours ending 8.30 am Monday, followed by 35 mm in Katra town, the base camp for the pilgrims checking out Vaishno Devi shrine.

    Jammu city tape-recorded 26.6 mm of rainfall during the very same duration, while the highway town of Batote taped 33.6 mm of rains.

    After the snowfall, Banihal was the coldest tape-recorded place in Jammu region with a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius, the official said, including that Katra taped a minimum of 9.2 degrees Celsius and Jammu 12.6 degrees Celsius.

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