Srinagar, Jan 9:
Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed Thursday after fresh snowfall in Bannihal and Patnitop sectors of the over 300-kilometre long road in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Fresh snowfall has occurred during the night in Bannihal and Patnitop sectors of Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Keeping passengers safety and road conditions in view, the highway has been closed today (Thursday) morning for all sorts of vehicular traffic, a senior official of the traffic police told IANS in Srinagar.
“Intending passengers are advised not to undertake the journey before contacting traffic police control rooms in Srinagar and Jammu. Snow clearance operations will be started today (Thursday) after the snowfall stops in these sectors of the road,” he said.
“Around one and half feet deep snow had accumulated on the road in Bannihal and Patnitop in the morning and latest reports indicate intermittent snowfall still continues there,”
All supplies of essential goods, including petrol, diesel, kerosene oil, foodstuffs, cooking gas, and medicines are brought in through this highway which is the only connection between Kashmir and the country.
Rail services between Bannihal town in Jammu and Baramulla in North Kashmir were also suspended Thursday morning due to snowfall. Railway officials said the services would resume after the tracks were cleared later in the day.