Heavy snowfall blocks national highway in Kashmir

February 6th, 2009 - 7:46 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb. 6 (ANI): The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was blocked on Friday due to the heaviest snowfall in Kashmir in recent years. Snowfall has brought the traffic movement to a standstill.
The strategic 300-kilometre-long Highway is the valley’’s only connection with rest of the country.
Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles going either way remained stranded on the highway due to the accumulation of snow.
No provision of food, no bedding is available here. Nobody has come here to whom we can tell our problem, said Jarnail Singh, a truck driver.
The heavy snowfall that started on Thursday evening led for the closing of the highway for the vehicular traffic.
The highway closed yesterday at four in the evening. There is no provision of food or facilities to stay here. Government has sent no help here and roads are all blocked we cannot proceed forward, said Ramesh Kumar, a passenger.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway passes through some of the trickiest mountain terrains in the Pir Panjal mountain range of Kashmir.
The road gets blocked every time there is heavy snowfall or landslides due to heavy rains. (ANI)

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