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Massive landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway, clearance operation underway

Press Trust of India  |  Banihal (J-K) 

A massive landslide blocked the Jammu-National Highway in district Monday, with authorities mobilising men and to restore the all-weather road linking with the rest of the country, officials said.

The highway was cleared for one-way traffic on Sunday, a day after being closed due to heavy snowfall along the Jawahar Tunnel-Qazigund stretch and landslides at multiple places between and Banihal sector.

of Police, Ramban, said a landslide struck the highway near Battery Cheshma along the Banihal-stretch, blocking the 270-km arterial road.

"The restoration work is going on and might take several hours given the nature of the landslide," she told

Over 700 stranded passengers coming from to were rescued in a night-long operation from the avalanche prone area of and Verinag on Saturday and brought safely to Banihal before they were allowed to move towards their destination after road clearance.

The traffic on the highway was allowed from to on Monday morning, while restricted traffic was allowed from Srinagar to to enable government employees working in the and other 'Darbar Move' offices to join their duties in Jammu.

The reopened on Monday after a 10-day break owing to the bi-annual 'Darbar Move', which was started by the then Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1872 to escape the extreme heat during summers in Jammu and biting cold of winters in Srinagar.

A large number of 'Darbar Move' employees failed to reach Jammu due to inclement weather owing to unprecedented snowfall which forced cancellation of majority of the incoming and outgoing flights at besides disrupting traffic on the highway.

Following the fresh landslide, the SSP said the traffic was stopped at Qazigund in and Udhampur in Jammu and once the road is made traffic worthy, vehicles will be allowed accordingly.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 12:35 IST