Srinagar: Due to multiple landslides at several places on the National Highway 44, or Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, remained closed for the second day on Wednesday.
“The highway has been closed due to the landslides and shooting stones in Panthihal and Gangroo areas,” a traffic official told The Kashmir Walla over a phonecall.
The highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed for traffic on Tuesday following fresh snowfall and incessant rains.
Though the weather improved, multiple landslides at Panthiyal, Moumpassi and Digdole coupled with slippery conditions delayed restoration work, the officials said.
“The men and machines are on the job and efforts are on to make the highway motorable as soon as possible,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (traffic), National Highway, Shemsher Singh told a news agency, PTI.
Heavy rains in Ramban triggered shooting of stones from hillocks overlooking the highway between Panthiyal and Ramsu throughout the day on Tuesday, while fresh landslides occurred at different places along the stretch, blocking the road, he said.