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Over 5,000 people left stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway

Over 5,000 people left stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway
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"More than 5,000 people are stranded at various places on the national highway," an officer at the traffic control room Ramban told a news agency.

The traffic police officials say that more than 2,000 vehicles, most of them passenger vehicles, continue to be stranded on the 300-km long national highway.

"More than 2,000 vehicles continue to remain stranded on the highway more than half of them are passenger vehicles," SSP Traffic (National Highway) Sanjay Kotwal said.

Even as the weather conditions across the state have improved, it might take a while to throw the highway open for vehicular traffic.

"The highway has suffered a lot of damage due to massive landslides that were triggered by heavy rain and snowfall. It might take some more time to throw the road open," the officer said.

Various stranded passengers said that they were facing hardships as the authorities, they say, have failed to help them.  "We don't have anything to eat or drink, the administration has completely failed to help us. The children are without milk, we pray that the highway opens soon so that we can reach our destination," said Khursheed Ahmed, one of the stranded passengers.

Minister, 5 MLAs airlifted due to Highway closure

Minister of State for Public Works Department Sunil Sharma and five MLAs stranded at various places due to closure of Jammu-Srinagar Highway, were airlifted here to take part in oath ceremony.

"Minister and five other MLAs were airlifted in a chopper from different places to Jammu on Tuesday. They were stranded at different places due to closure of highway," DIG Doda-Kishtwar range, Nissar Ahmed told a news agency. Others included Doda MLA Shakti Parihar, Ramban MLA Naleem Langeh, Bhaderwah MLA Daleep Parihar and two MLAs Khalil Bhand and Abdul Majeed Bhat from Kashmir, he said, adding, they were stranded at various places on the highway.

Efforts are being made to airlift another MLA G M Saroori from Kishtwar, who is stranded there due to blockade of Batote-Kishtwar road as well as the highway.


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