Highway reopens ‘partially’, heavy rains lash Valley parts  

Highway reopens ‘partially’, heavy rains lash Valley parts  


SRINAGAR: Srinagar-Jammu highway re-opened “partially” for traffic while normal life was affected in Kashmir Valley due to rainfall on Friday. The meteorological department has predicted the inclement weather for next 24-hours.

Officials said that in last 34 hours till 1730 hours, Srinagar received 7.1 mm rain, Kokernag 16.3mm, Kupwara 49.6mm, Pahalgam 19.2, Qazigund 24.6mm while had Gulmarg 11.1mm.

They said Banihal received 38.1mm rain, Batote 23.6mm, Katra 12.6mm, Bhaderwah 13.0 mm while Jammu had 6.1mm.

 “Light to moderate rain/snow will occur at most places over the state,” a MeT official told GNS.

The 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with rest of the world, was closed for traffic for several hours due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rains at Morg, Karole, Panthal, Digdol and Anokhifall areas in Ramban district.

A traffic department official said it was raining since wee hours today all along the highway in Banihal, Jawahar tunnel, Ramban, Ramsu, Patnitop, and Qazigund areas. The shooting stones and landslides led to the closure of the thoroughfare, mainly in Ramban for several hours.

 “The highway has been opened partially but no fresh traffic was allowed and commuters are asked to check stat before travel,” a traffic official said.

Meanwhile, flights operated from Srinagar International Airport and no flight was canceled.

Reports of wet weather were also received from Z-Gali in Kupwara district, Sonamarg and Zojilla pass along Srinagar-Leh highway in Ganderbal district and Peer Ki Gali along Mughal road in Shopian district. (GNS)