Stranded vehicles reach Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 12: About one thousand vehicles, including those carrying passengers and essential commodities, arrived here till late last night after remaining stranded for about two days on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway due to continuous snowfall, while authorities today allowed traffic from here to Jammu.

No vehicle was allowed from Jammu, a traffic police official told to the sources here. He said vehicles with passengers, fruits and other items left here this morning for Jammu.

Though the road was slippery in the morning due to below freezing temperature at different points on the highway, but the snow started melting as the day progressed with the weather becoming warm after the sun came behind the clouds.

All the stranded passenger vehicles, which had left Jammu on February 10 and 11, arrived here till late last night. Similarly trucks stranded on the highway for the past six days also arrived here with essential commodities.

The Indian Air Force had also airlifted 7,000 stranded passengers from Jammu, Udhampur and Srinagar for the past three days.

The highway remained closed for six days due to about seven feet of snowfall between Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and Patnitop and landslides at Penthal, triggered by the rains last week.


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