Amarnath Yatra: Traffic resumes on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway | Latest India News
More than 6,000 Amarnath pilgrims left Ramban district for Kashmir after traffic resumed on the 270km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday morning, officials said.
Following overnight rains that triggered new landslides, the highway was blocked at several places in Ramban district and the movement of pilgrims to Kashmir was briefly interrupted in the morning.
“Vehicle traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been disrupted since 1am Friday due to landslides and rock blasting at several locations. However, NHAI cleared the debris from all affected sections and traffic was restored this morning around 10:00 a.m.,” an official said.
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“As reported by NHAI, vehicular traffic has been restored on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (now NH-44) after the road was cleared in Ramban district following heavy rain overnight,” Massrat said. -ul-Islam, Deputy Magistrate of Ramban District.
Ramban is 121 km from the city of Jammu.
Ramban District Additional Deputy Magistrate, Harbans Lal Sharma, who is the nodal officer of Amarnath Yatra, said, “There was heavy rain last night and as a result the highway was blocked at several locations, but demining work resumed immediately. About 4,000 pilgrims bound for Pahalgam and about 2,100 pilgrims bound for Baltal who left Jammu early this morning left Yatri Niwas camp in Chanderkote and Nashri respectively for Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a 55-year-old man has died following a landslide in Mandi area of Poonch district.
The deceased was identified as Abdul Karim, son of Aakka, from Bandi Qamakhan in Mandi tehsil.
“A landslide hit his house during heavy rain late last night. The man died there,” said a police officer from the Poonch Police Control Room.
He also informed that the Bufliaz-Dera Ki Gali road was also blocked due to a landslide, which disrupted traffic.