Kashmir highway closed after fresh snowfall



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Trucks line up near Srinagar outskirts. Photograph by Bhat Burhan for The Kashmir Walla

Traffic was suspended on the Jammu-Srinagar highway following fresh snowfall in high altitude areas and rains in plains.

A traffic department told PTI that traffic on the strategic highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was suspended from both Srinagar and Jammu in view of the fresh snowfall and rains all along the stretch.

Over 1500 vehicles, mostly Kashmir-bound trucks, are stranded in Ramban-Banihal sector which experienced fresh snowfall and heavy rains since the early hours, he said.

He said about eight inches of fresh snowfall has accumulated on the ground on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel till 10 am, leaving the road slippery, while rains triggered intermittent shooting of stones at various places between Panthiyal and Ramsu in Ramban district.


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