J&K govt. to airlift passengers stranded on NH

Continuous rains hamper clearance of debris but traffic would be restored soon after the weather improves: Minister

March 30, 2015 05:19 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 11:07 am IST - Jammu

A paramilitary soldier wades through a flooded street following heavy rains in Srinagar on Sunday.

A paramilitary soldier wades through a flooded street following heavy rains in Srinagar on Sunday.

The Jammu and Kashmir government is making serious efforts for early airlifting of passengers stranded here following closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, State minister Abdul Ghani Kohli said today.

He directed the district administration to throw open all four halls of JDA at the General Bus Stand for the passengers and also accommodate rest of them at Jammu Haj House. It was informed that at present there are about 2,000 stranded passengers at GB Jammu and they are being provided free meals by the district administration.

The Minister assured the people that the arrangements to airlift them to their destinations would be made immediately after improvement in weather conditions.

He said the government is in touch with the Indian Air Force (IAF) authorities but the air sorties could become possible only when the climatic conditions become feasible.

The Minister said the State and BEACON authorities are at work to restore the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway by clearing the landslides and debris triggered by the incessant rains, particularly between Ramban and Banihal stretch. Continuous rains are hampering clearance of debris but the traffic would be restored soon after the weather improves, the Minister added. The Minister also met stranded passengers during his visit to General Bus Stand Jammu. Additional Deputy Commissioner and Regional Transport Officer, Jammu also accompanied the minister.

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>Modi sends high-level officials to assess situation

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