Connect with us

J&K

Jammu-Srinagar Highway through for one way traffic, Mughal road remains closed – Jammu Voice

Published

on

JAMMU: After remaining closed for vehicular traffic since Monday evening due to continuous heavy rainfall and heavy snowfall, the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, reopened on Thursday for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar.

The road was closed due to continuous heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall at both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel, thus cutting off the Valley from the rest of the country.

Meanwhile, the Mughal road remained closed for vehicular movement for the fourth consecutive day today due to heavy snowfall, traffic police department officials said.

“The Jammu-Srinagar highway has been restored and movement of traffic has been allowed after two days,” an official of the Traffic Department said.

He, however, said only one-way traffic is being allowed to ply on the nearly 300-km highway the only all-weather road-link connecting the valley with the rest of the country.

Keeping in view the overall condition of the road and narrow width of the highway at some places, strict one-way movement of traffic is being allowed, the official said. He said the movement of traffic was allowed after completion of restoration work by the road maintenance agency and the stranded vehicles were allowed to ply.

“After remaining closed for about two days due to landslide at Marog and shooting stones at Panthyal coupled with rain and snowfall, especially in Qazigund-Jawahar Tunnel and Banihal-Jawahar Tunnel sectors, the highway was opened for movement of traffic last night itself after completion of restoration work at Marog by the road maintenance agency.

“The vehicles stranded between Ramban and Banihal were cleared and allowed to proceed towards their respective destinations, he said.

The official advised commuters not to park their vehicles in any landslide vulnerable zone, especially from Jawahar Tunnel to Ramban and Jawahar Tunnel to Lower Munda.

“The said road stretches are vulnerable/slide prone zone and therefore should be kept free from all sorts of traffic to avoid any eventuality, he said.

However, the Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri of Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district,remained closed even today.

“The Mughal road is closed for the 4th consecutive day today,” a traffic police officer said, adding “There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road resulting in closure.”

As many as 70 persons trapped at Pir ki Gali and other areas on Mughal road following heavy snowfall were rescued by police on Tuesday, he said.

Meanwhile, the night temperature across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, decreased with Pahalgam and Gulmarg registering the coldest nights of the season.

The minimum temperature across Kashmir went down last night, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.

He said Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius last night down from the previous night’s minus 0.7 degree Celsius.

The official said the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of zero degrees Celsius, while Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 9.8 degrees Celsius, he said, adding it was the lowest night temperature this season at the resort.The resort was the coldest recorded place in the state.

The official said Pahalgam – which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra registered a minimum of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius down by nearly nine degrees from 2.1 degrees Celsius the previous night.

He said Pahalgam experienced the coldest night of this winter so far last night.

 

The official said the mercury at Leh settled at a low of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius last night two degrees down from the previous night. He said the nearby Ka

 

Continue Reading

Cover Story

BJP’s JK unit website hacked for brief period; restored

Published

on

The website of the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit was today hacked for a brief period with the hackers posting a message demanding justice for an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered at Kathua in January.

The website was restored after some time.

The hackers, who called themselves “Team Kerala Cyber Warriors”, posted a message accusing the state unit of protecting a “gang of pedophiles” who had aligned with some of the ruling BJP’s office-bearers.

The hackers, who used the colours of the Indian flag in the message, said there should be nothing beyond humanity and “discrimination cannot be tolerated”.

They demanded that rapists be hanged.

BJP’s J&K unit General Secretary Ashok Kaul told PTI that the website was hacked for a brief period and had been “restored now”.

“Yes, we will file a complaint with the police. One should see the message. It seems that someone from north Kerala is responsible for the hacking. After all, the situation in Kerala is not hidden from anyone,” he said.

Kaul said it was yet another attempt to create tension in Jammu, which has been the symbol of nationalism.

The BJP had distanced itself from the Hindu Ekta Manch, which had organised a rally in favour of the eight accused arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch in connection with the Kathua rape case.

The party asked two of its ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga to resign from the state cabinet as the two had participated in the rally and dared the Crime Branch to make any further arrests in the case.

The BJP had also removed its state unit secretary who was found having links with the Hindu Ekta Manch.

Continue Reading

Cover Story

Kathua case: Why protest and pelt stones when accused are in jail, asks Naeem Akhtar

Published

on

Works Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said that there was no reason for the students in Kashmir to hold protests over Kathua rape-and-murder case when the accused were already behind bars.
“What is the occasion for protests, stonepelting [over Kathua case] when case is solved, accused in jail and trial on? Shouldn’t they be attending classes instead,” Akhtar wrote in reply to a tweet of a journalist.

 

The student protests are refusing to die down despite the government suspending the class work in the colleges and higher secondary schools.
Over a dozen students were injured today in Shopian after they staged protests over Kathua case and clashed with the forces.

Yesterday also, around twenty students had suffered injuries in police action in Anantnag district.

Continue Reading

Cover Story

Kathua case: CM praises Jammu residents for upholding amity, brotherhood

Published

on

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has praised the people of Jammu for upholding harmony and amity despite provocations and for standing up to demand justice for the eight-year-old girl brutally raped and killed in Kathua district.

Speaking at a civic reception hosted for President Ram Nath Kovind last night, Mufti said the people of Jammu have always stood up for tolerant values and brotherhood for the past 30 years, and defeated the “nefarious” designs of miscreants.

President Kovind is on his maiden two-day visit to Jammu.

Yesterday, he addressed the 6th convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, when he condemned the rape and killing of the girl in Kathua as “heinous” and “shameful”.

The case has triggered nationwide outrage because of its brutality.

People have protested on streets across India, including in Jammu, demanding justice for the girl from a nomadic community.

The girl had disappeared from a place near her house in Kathua on January 10.

A week later, her body was found in the woods in the same area.

She was allegedly held captive in a village temple for a week, during which she was sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.

Referring to the disturbing case, Mufti said she was humbled to see every section of society, including students, women and children, standing up to demand justice for the girl.

“They stood up for justice, irrespective of religious affiliations, for the girl whom they said was their own daughter. I salute them for this and for defeating the nefarious designs of vested elements,” the chief minister said.

“Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the incident shameful and sought punishment to the guilty,” she said.

She said her government is duty-bound to provide justice.

Mufti also praised the people of Jammu for accepting and sharing their resources and other facilities with the people leaving Kashmir, referring to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley during the peak of militancy.

“It’s a rare example of amity which hardly finds any parallels in contemporary world,” she added.

Mufti thanked President Kovind for visiting the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh expressed gratitude to the president for accepting the state’s invitation.

He said people will benefit and learn from interacting with him.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Latest

Cover Story6 hours ago

BJP’s JK unit website hacked for brief period; restored

The website of the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit was today hacked for a brief period with the hackers posting...

Cover Story8 hours ago

Amitabh Bachchan reacts to ‘disgusting’ Kathua rape case

Expressing his disgust at the gruesome Kathua rape case, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has said he feels terrible to even...

Cover Story11 hours ago

Kathua case: CM praises Jammu residents for upholding amity, brotherhood

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has praised the people of Jammu for upholding harmony and amity despite provocations and for...

Cover Story13 hours ago

Have faith in judiciary, let it take call on CBI investigation: Farooq

National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asked the groups seeking a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-murder case...

Cover Story1 day ago

There’s something wrong with the society: Mehbooba Mufti on Kathua rape case

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday condemned the Kathua gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and...

Cover Story1 day ago

Media houses apologise for revealing Kathua victim’s identity

Media houses on Wednesday apologised before the Delhi High Court and were directed to pay Rs 10 lakh each to...

Cover Story3 days ago

Army man joins Hizbul Mujahideen: JK police officials

An Army man who had gone missing from south Kashmir earlier this month has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group,...

Cover Story3 days ago

Kathua Rape Case: Supreme Court Asks Jammu and Kashmir Govt to Protect Victim’s Kin, Lawyer

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the family of the eight-year-old...

Cover Story3 days ago

WATCH | Nine-year-old boy from Jammu and Kashmir invents ‘Counting Pen’ that keeps count of words you write

Nine-year-old Muzaffar Ahmad Khan from Gurez valley of the state has invented a ‘counting pen’ that while writing, keeps a...

Cover Story3 days ago

J&K : Army porter martyred in Pak firing along LoC in Uri

An army porter was killed Monday in a ceasefire violation Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. The news agency ANI said Pakistan...

Advertisement

Facebook

Trending

%d bloggers like this: