Highway closed as avalanche hits Jawahar Tunnel

Highway closed as avalanche hits Jawahar Tunnel

Srinagar: The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Tuesday following landslips and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area. A team has been rushed to take stock of the situation.
Traffic department officials said landslips have hit the strategic highway at some places in the Ramban district, including Digdol, Panthal, Magarkote and Khoni Nallah.
“There has been fresh snowfall in Bannihal sector. Incessant rains are continuing in other parts of the highway. This is the second consecutive day of the highway remaining closed. No vehicular movement will be allowed on the highway today. Landslip clearance will be started only after the weather improves,” a traffic official said.
The highway is the lifeline of the landlocked Kashmir Valley as all essential supplies are routed into the valley through this road.
, ropeway services shut in Vaishnodevi
The chopper and ropeway services were on Tuesday shut due to snowfall and bad weather conditions at the Vaishnodevi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, officials said.
The shrine, located in the Trikuta hills, received this season’s first snowfall on Sunday even as pilgrims continued their journey to pay obeisance.
“The chopper service and passenger and material ropeway have been closed due to snowfall and bad weather condition on Tuesday,” CEO of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Simrandeep Singh said.
Bhawan, Bhairon Ghati, Sanjichhat and Himkoti in Trikuta and the serpentine route received few inches of snow, shrine board officials said.
Despite the snowfall, over 12,861 pilgrims paid obeisance at the shrine and over 11,000 pilgrims are on their way to it, they said.

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