Jammu, Jan 3: At
least 10,000 passengers, including women, children and elderly persons, besides
truckers were stranded for the third consecutive day on Friday on the
The highway is
closed for the past three days due to recurring landslides and shooting stones
at Digdol, a traffic police official said.
Due to the
closure of the highway, over 6,500 vehicles were stranded at various places
between Jammu to Banihal and other side of the Jawahar tunnel towards Kashmir.
The vehicles were
stranded at Jammu, Samba, Udhampur and Ramban districts, the official said.
place at Karol in Chanderkote near Jaiswal bridge and Digdol during the last
“We will try to clear the stranded vehicles by
tomorrow (Saturday). Men and machines are working to clear the landslides at
some places in Ramban,” a traffic police official told The Kashmir Monitor.
He said once the
landslide clearance operation is over, only stranded vehicles will be allowed
to move towards their respective destinations. “No fresh vehicle will be
allowed from Srinagar and Jammu,” he added.
including women, children and elderly persons and truckers, are stranded,
mostly between Qazigund to Jawahar tunnel. These vehicles had left Srinagar for
Jammu on Wednesday but got stranded after landslides at Digdol, where a portion
of hill has collapsed.
passengers, stranded on this side of the Jawahar tunnel, alleged that there is
no sufficient arrangement for their stay or food in these areas. Hotels are
flooded with passengers, they said, adding the prices of a cup of tea or a
plate of rice and other eatables has suddenly increased without any check by
the local administration.
Wet weekend predicted
Srinagar, Jan 3:
The minimum temperature in most parts of Kashmir dropped on Friday, even as the
MET Office here has forecast spells of wet weather over the weekend.
temperature decreased at most places in the valley as well as in Ladakh Union
Territory on Friday, an official of the Meteorological department here said.
He said Srinagar
city recorded the low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius last night – nearly a degree
down from minus 2.8 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The official said
the ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the low of minus 8.5
degrees Celsius last night as against the previous night’s minus 8.6 degrees
temperature at Pahalgam resort settled at a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius –
over three degrees down from minus 6.4 degrees Celsius from Thursday, he said.
south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, was the coldest recorded place in the
valley, he added.
The official said
Qazigund – the gateway town to the valley – in south Kashmir recorded a low of
minus 7 degrees Celsius – down from the previous night’s minus 4.3 degrees
also in south, recorded a low of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara, in
north, registered the minimum of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The mercury in
Leh, in the Ladakh Union territory, settled at a low of minus 20.7 degrees
Celsius, while the nearby Drass recorded a low of minus 26.3 degrees Celsius,
the official said.
currently under the grip of ”Chillai-Kalan” – the 40-day harshest period of
winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the
temperature drops considerably.
began on December 21 and ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even
after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long
”Chillai-Khurd” (small cold) and a 10-day long ”Chillai-Bachha” (baby
The MET Office
has forecast a spell of scattered to fairly widespread light rain or snowfall
in the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Friday.
The official said
the wet weather could likely cause landslide on the Banihal-Ramban axis of the
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway –leading to temporary disruption of surface