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Landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar national highway for 5 hours

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Traffic on the Jammu-national highway remained suspended for five hours Tuesday due to a landslide triggered by rains in district, officials said.

The landslide struck the 270-km highway, the only all weather road linking to the rest of the country, at Digdole around 4.45 am, traffic department officials said.

They said the agency concerned immediately launched a clearance operation and the highway was reopened for one-way traffic around 0945 hours.

The decision to restrict the traffic to one-way was taken to ensure smooth movement of vehicles.

The highway is being upgraded to a four-lane road and the work on the project is going on for the last several years.

Keeping in view the overall condition of the road -- especially between and -- and its narrow width at some places, allowing two-way movement of vehicles is not feasible, the officials said.

Meanwhile, light snowfall in Gali along the Mughal road, an alternate link connecting Poonch and Rajouri districts in the Jammu region to district in south Kashmir, also disrupted traffic on the road this morning.

Vehicular movement was disrupted for nearly an hour in the morning due to snowfall in the high altitude areas, including Gali along the road during the night, the officials said.

They said the road was cleared and the traffic on the road was going on smoothly from both sides.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 15:00 IST