Authorities unsure about opening of highway soon amid continuous landslides, sinking of road

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By GNS on 26/02/2019.

Authorities unsure about opening of highway soon amid continuous landslides, sinking of road

Srinagar, Feb 26: Amid fuel crisis in Kashmir Valley, the traffic authorities on Tuesday said they were unsure about the re-opening of Srinagar-Jammu highway immediately amid unabated shooting stones and “sinking” of road at few places in Ramban district.

Talking to GNS, IGP traffic Alok Kumar said that due to landslides and shooting stones, the thoroughfare is continuously blocked.

“Yesterday at 9:30 p.m. there were landslides at Mompassi in Ramsoo and shooting stones are continuing and there was massive landslide at 5 a.m. in the morning,” he said, adding, “This morning, road also started to sink in Ramban market and road clearance is going on from last 35 hours.”

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At Mompassi, he said, unabated shooting stones and bad weather was hampering the road clearance.

“Around 100 oil tanker ate stranded at Chanderkote, Chennai, Nashri, Ramban and as soon as the road is cleared, they will be allowed,” he said. Asked when the road would be cleared, “ he said, “We cannot say anything with surety as it would be road maintenance agency who can say something regarding it.  “The weather is also inclement as rains continue,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat said that road is sinking near JK Bank and “I myself inspected the spot.”

Meanwhile, an official said that fissure on road has widened while houses were at the risk of sinking. They said that even local transport through the road stretch has been stopped