Landslides block Batote-Kishtwar Highway

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Doda (Jammu and Kashmir), May 21 (ANI): Batote-Kishtwar Highway in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda District remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to a landslide at Raggi Nullah.

Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the highway following a landslide, triggered during widening of the road at Raggi Nullah, around 155 kilometers from Jammu.

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working round the clock to clear the landslide, as this highway is the lifeline and only communication link that connects three districts of Doda, Ramban and Kishtawar with the rest of the country.

Stranded passengers, who are facing a lot of problems, alleged that the transporters are taking advantage of the situation and charging exorbitant fares.

Traffic Inspector Mohd Yaqub, however, said the concerned authorities have assured that the road would be cleared today. By Tahir Nadeem Khan (ANI)

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