J&K: The annual Amarnath Yatra faced another brief disruption on Wednesday following the closure of the 270-km-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at Ramban, officials said. Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police said that the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) has been closed for vehicular movement as it was blocked due to shooting stones at Mehad Ramban area.
In a statement,The Jammu and Kashmir traffic police officer said, “Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44) is blocked at Meher in Ramban due to falling stones. People are advised not to travel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway without confirmation from the traffic control units in Jammu, Srinagar and Ramban.”
The Jammu and Kashmir traffic police officer futher said, “NHAI has put pressure on its personnel and machinery to clear the debris and restore the affected parts. It may take three to four hours to recover.”the officer also informed that the up convoy of Amarnath pilgrims from Jammu to the holy cave shrine has been halted at Yatri Niwas in Chanderkote.
Earlier, more than 1100 pilgrims left for the holy cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas in 42 vehicles from Yatri Niwas base camp in Jammu city at 3:50 am on Wednesday.However, they have been kept at the Yatri Niwas base camp at Chandrakot in Ramban district due to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway The vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH 44) was stopped on July 23 after the heavy rainfall lashed the Udhampur area of the Union Territory on Saturday.