Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu, Mughal road restored
GJ Report
Srinagar, Jul 4: Traffic on the national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, and historic Mughal road, was restored on Wednesday after disruption due to landslide, triggered by fresh rain during the night.
The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir, was through for traffic movement despite rain.
”We suspended traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway early on Wednesday morning due to landslides at Panthial,” a traffic police official said.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides.
”Highway was through and we allowed light motor vehicles from both Srinagar and Jammu,” he said.
Heavy vehicles will ply from Srinagar to Jammu only and no heavy vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction.
However, heavy vehicles, carrying Amarnath pilgrims, will continue to ply from both sides irrespective of traffic restrictions.
Traffic on 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was also restored after remaining suspended due to landslides. Landslides were cleared and traffic was now plying from both sides, he added.
Two missing after boat turns turtle in Nigeen Lake
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Srinagar, Jul 4: Two people went missing after a ‘Shikara’ (boat) turned turtle due to strong winds in the famed Nigeen Lake, police said on Wednesday. Police said that four people drowned when a boat, they were riding, turned turtle due to strong winds on Tuesday evening. While two persons were rescued, as many were missing. A massive search is on to find the missing ones, police said.
Trees uprooted due to strong winds in Srinagar
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Srinagar, Jul 4: Many trees, including a-century-old six Chinars, have been uprooted due to strong winds, followed by incessant rain in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
However, there was no report of loss of life in any of these incidents, though many houses and other structures, besides some vehicles, were damaged after tree branches fell on them.
Officials said that as many as six Chinars, which were around a-century-old, were uprooted due to strong winds on Tuesday evening, at the famed Shalimar Garden.
”There were some tourists inside the garden at that time, but they were rescued by police and locals. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident,” they said, adding that the Chinar, which fell on the road connecting Shalimar Garden to Harwan Garden, has been removed and traffic has been restored on the route.
”Efforts are on to clear the Chinar tress inside the Shalimar Garden,” they added. Meanwhile, some vehicles parked in Kashmir University (KU) campus were damaged on Tuesday evening, when branches of a Chinar tree fell on them, following strong winds.
Reports of uprooting of trees due to strong winds were also coming from some parts of the city, including the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and uptown. Similar reports came from other parts of the valley.
Cloudburst triggers flash flood in Tral; house, crops damaged
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Srinagar, Jul 4: A cloudburst has hit a village in south Kashmir’s Tral area, triggering flash floods that resulted in damage to a house and crops, spread over several hectares of land. However, there was no report of loss of life in the incident. Officials said that a cloudburst hit Naristan and Gutroo areas of Tral in Pulwama district on Tuesday night. ”A house and paddy field spread over several hector of land was damaged,” they said, adding that a road was also damaged due to the flash flood.