J&K: National Highway remains shut on third day

By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar, Jan 2 : The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway (NH) remained closed for vehicular traffic on Thursday for the third consecutive day.

According to the reports, a large number of vehicles remained stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway because of heavy snowfall and landslides on the road.

A large number of vehicles, including trucks, carrying essentials and passengers to Kashmir valley were stranded on the other side of the Jawahar tunnel, a traffic police official informed.

The police official informed that the national highway is likely to be cleared by Friday afternoon.

The police official said, "We do not want any loss of life and are requesting people to contact the control room before traveling on the national highway."

"No fresh vehicle will be allowed from Jammu or Srinagar on the highway till all the stranded vehicles are cleared," he said.

Kashmir remained under a cold wave despite heavy snowfall on Dec 31.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called a high level meeting with all the administration heads including the cabinet ministers to build up a stock of essential commodities in the valley for common people.

Abdullah also instructed the civil administration to reach out to common people and make early efforts to redress the issue.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-01-2014)

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