The Kashmir Valley has been cut off from the rest of the country as a landslide has forced closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway No.1-A, case illness the only lifeline to the valley. A massive landslide near Ramban, medicine try around 150 km from Jammu, purchase has resulted in the closure of the highway.
Nearly 2,000 vehicle, including 400 passenger vehicles, are stranded on the road following the landslide. The landslide was triggered by rain which lashed the area for two days.
The Border Road Organisation (BRO) has put its men and machines on the road to clear the debris and open the crucial road link to the valley. It would take long time since the landslide was a massive one and considering the tourist rush to the Kashmir Valley, hoping for a White December, it might more time than expected.
Traffic is not being allowed from Jammu to Srinagar or vice-versa. “We will first clear the stranded vehicles and then allow traffic to resume,” said a traffic official. Rains and snow usually cause the highway to be shut down for days together in winters.