Jammu: The 300km-long Jammu-Srinagar
National Highway, which was closed for the last two days, Wednesday reopened for one-way traffic after two major avalanches and five landslides were cleared by the Border Roads
"The highway has been reopened for one-way traffic from
Jammu to Srinagar today," Ramban Superintendent of Police Anil
The highway, the only surface link with Kashmir Valley,
was closed due to heavy snowfall, avalanches and landslides on
the Jawahir tunnel-Banihal-Ramban-Patnitop stretch on January
Over 120 trucks from the Kashmir Valley have been allowed
for their onward destination in Jammu, the SP said.
However, due to a thick blanket of fog in Sher-bibi area,
where a major avalanche was cleared, Srinagar-bound traffic
has been stopped for some time as a precautionary measure, he
Trucks carrying essential supplies, including LPG, oil supplies and food grains, were allowed to move to Kashmir Valley from Jammu.
Due to the closure of the highway, over 2,700 vehicles
are stranded at various places, mostly at Udhampur and Nagrota
areas of Jammu district.
The men and machines of the BRO worked overtime to clear
the highway from heavy snowfall, two major avalanches and five
landslides, the SP said.
The highway was lashed with heavy snowfall on January 15
and January 16 at Jawahir tunnel, Banihal, Batote and Patnitop
areas of the state.
Two major avalanches also hit the arterial road at
Nachalana and Shatani Nallah, while five landslides occurred
at Digdol, Panthal, Sheri-bibi and Maroog and Shergarhi areas
of Ramban district, he said.
The inter-district highway of Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch has
been restored for traffic even as Doda-Kishtwar is still
closed due to snowfall at various places.
Besides, most of the inter-district roads in Reasi, Doda,
Kishtwar, Ramban and partly Kathua districts are closed due to
The inter-state Bhaderwah-Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) road
is also closed following nine feet snow at Sartangal Pass.