The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed for traffic today as landslides occurred at several places in Ramban district in the Jammu region. According to a traffic department official, the highway has been closed as heavy rains during the night triggered landslides at some places in the district.
An official of the Traffic Control Room said one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar was scheduled to ply on the highway today, but the vehicles have been halted near Nagrota in Jammu region due to landslides. The official said men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear-off the muck left behind by the landslides and the road is expected to be re-opened for traffic later this afternoon.
The dicey over 300 km long highway gets closed due to heavy rains or snowfall, causing disruption of essential supplies to the landlocked Kashmir Valley. All essentials to the valley are routed through this highway. Closure of the highway also results in sky-rocketing of air travel fares between the valley and other parts of the country. An aerial journey of barely 30 minutes between Srinagar and Jammu costs about Rs 14,000 during the closure of the highway.
Owing to the overcast conditions, the night temperature across the Valley, except Gulmarg, remained above the freezing point. Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of 5.8°C – 4.7°C the previous night. Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, registered a low of 4.2°C, while the nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of 3.7°C. Kupwara town of north Kashmir registered a minimum of 2.7°C.