Srinagar-Jammu National Highway Closed Due to Landslides and Shooting Stones

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, a vital lifeline for Kashmir, has been closed due to landslides, causing disruption and economic impact. Authorities work to restore the route, but frequent natural calamities persist.

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Ayesha Mumtaz
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Srinagar-Jammu National Highway Closed Due to Landslides and Shooting Stones

Srinagar-Jammu National Highway Closed Due to Landslides and Shooting Stones

The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the primary road connection linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, has been closed since Friday afternoon due to landslides and shooting stones between Nashri and Banihal amid heavy rains. The closure has left hundreds of vehicles stranded along the vital highway.

According to traffic officials, the highway was blocked at around 5 pm on Friday due to landslides at Kishtwari Pather between Ramsu and Banihal. "The traffic came to a halt and the road could not be restored due to continuous rain and frequent shooting of stones until late in the evening," stated a traffic police spokesperson.

The heavy rain and floods have created havoc across Jammu and Kashmir, with the elevated mountainous regions also witnessing fresh snowfall. Frequent disruptions due to landslides and shooting stones have become a common occurrence on the highway, particularly in areas like Dalwas, Mehad, T5, Gangroo, and Kishtwari Pathar, where the road is being widened.

Tourists and other commuters traveling to Kashmir are facing long delays as the authorities work to restore the route. The Divisional Commissioner of Jammu had recently visited Ramban and impressed upon the authorities to ensure smooth passage of vehicles, but the issue of landslides and shooting stones persists.

Why this matters: The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway is a crucial lifeline for the Kashmir Valley, serving as the main route for the transport of essential commodities and the movement of people. The frequent closures and disruptions due to natural calamities not only cause inconvenience to travelers but also have a significant impact on the region's economy and daily life.

As of Monday morning, the highway remained blocked due to a landslide at the Gangroo area in the Ramban district of Jammu division. The traffic police have advised commuters not to undertake the journey without confirmation from the Traffic Control Units. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been working to clear the landslide debris and keep the highway open, with the completion of the four-lane upgrade project expected by next year after missing several deadlines over the past decade.

Key Takeaways

  • Srinagar-Jammu highway closed due to landslides, stranding hundreds of vehicles.
  • Heavy rains and floods have caused disruptions, with fresh snowfall in mountainous regions.
  • Frequent landslides and shooting stones are common, especially in areas under road widening.
  • Highway is a crucial lifeline, impacting economy and daily life during closures.
  • NHAI working to clear debris, with four-lane upgrade project expected by next year.