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Kashmir remains cut off for second day
December 27, 2006 11:18 IST
About three thousand vehicles, including those carrying passengers, are stranded on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which has been closed since Tuesday, due to landslides and snowfall.
Official sources said the highway remain closed for second day on Wednesday due to fresh landslides at Penthal, about 130 km from Srinagar.
They said the Border Road Organisation, responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has pressed into service machines and men to clear the road.
A traffic police official said that no vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar or Jammu in the day.
They said in case the road is opened, the stranded vehicles would be allowed to leave towards their respective destinations.
This is the fourth time the highway has been closed during December.
However, frequent closure of the highway forced authorities to allow only one-way traffic.
The closure of the only road link resulted in increase in the prices of essential commodities and shortage of LPG and other items.