Traffic disrupted on Jammu Srinagar Highway due to rain, shooting stones


The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was disrupted on Saturday due to fresh snow and shooting of stones from the hillocks overlooking the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, officials said.

Light snow occurred at the Jawahar tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir, while rain triggered the shooting of stones from the hillocks at several places between Panthiyal and Ramsoo along the 270-km highway, forcing suspension of the traffic for several hours, the traffic department officials said.

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The traffic on the highway is restricted to one-way as part of the winter arrangement and plies alternatively from Jammu and Srinagar to facilitate smooth journey to the commuters in view of the ongoing work on the four-laning project.

Only Srinagar-bound vehicles were allowed on Saturday morning but were stopped after rain triggered the shooting of stones at Panthiyal, Moumpassi and Sherbibi in Ramban district, the officials said, adding the highway was cleared of the debris and reopened for traffic after over two hours.

Jawahar Tunnel and adjoining areas also experienced fresh but light snowfall around 7 am, disrupting the smooth traffic, they said.