Slippery ice keeps Jammu-Srinagar highway closed

February 10th, 2010 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Feb 10 (IANS) The 294-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the fifth day Wednesday due to slippery conditions on the road link to the Kashmir valley, though the weather improved and the sun shone in this part of Jammu and Kashmir.
“As of today (Wednesday), the highway is closed for traffic as the road is not traffic worthy from Patnitop to Jawahar Tunnel,” a police officer told IANS.

The officer said several stretches of the road were slippery as the snow has frozen into ice. “Our first priority was to get the stranded vehicles cleared from the highway,” the police officer said.

The state government has also assured the stranded passengers in Jammu that they would be provided all facilities and would be sent to the valley as soon as the road opens.

Project Beacon, a wing of the Border Roads Organisation, has been clearing the highway but recurring snowfall was causing delay.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway is a double lane road but at places only single way traffic is allowed, as the 38-km stretch between Ramban and Banihal is prone to landslides. Ramban is 150 km north of Jammu.

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