Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar National
Highway, connecting the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the
country, was closed for traffic for the second consecutive day
on Sunday following heavy snowfall and rains.
The highway has been closed due to heavy snowfall at
Jawahar Tunnel, Banihal and Patnitop areas besides landslides,
traffic police officials said.
Over 370 vehicles, including 81 passenger vehicles,
have been stranded at various points of the highway due to the
Landslides have also been reported at Digdol area on
the highway, they said, adding that Border Road Organisation
men are working to clear the snow from the highway.
This is the second time that the 294-km-long Highway
has been closed in as many days. The highway was closed for
traffic on Thursday but was reopened on Friday.
The Rajouri-Poonch Highway was blocked due to heavy
snowfall at Dera-Ki-Gali area yesterday and it has been
reopened after clearance of the snow, they said.
To provide relief and medicare facilities to the
stranded passengers and on the highway, the district police
and civil administration have deployed various teams right up
to Patnitop in the jurisdiction of district Udhampur.
A team of revenue, police, health and consumer affairs
and Public Distribution Departments has jointly carried out
relief operation at Chenani, Kud and Patnitop for the
assistance of the passengers today.
Health Department teams have attended to ailing
persons and provided treatment to 170 passengers besides
distributing free medicines.
Ambulances of the Health department along with doctors
and para-medical staff with medicines have been kept at the
disposal of stranded passengers to meet out any exigency.
The teams also distributed biscuits and served tea to
the needy free of cost at the various camps held en route, an
official spokesman said.
Directions have been issued to officers to maintain
adequate stock of ration and kerosene at the vintage points to
meet the requirements of the stranded persons.