Accident on Jammu-Srinagar highway, 7 Amarnath pilgrims injured, traffic restored on Mugal road

Srinagar: Seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were injured on Wednesday in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in the Ramban district.

A vehicle carrying the pilgrims to the Kashmir Valley met with the accident in Chanderkote area of Jammu and Kashmir, a police officer said. The injured have been shifted to hospitals.

Three pilgrims died on Tuesday after a landslide hit the Brarimarg-Railpathri area on the Baltal trek stretch in the Ganderbal district.

Authorities on Wednesday halted the passage of pilgrims towards the Cave Shrine from both Baltal and Pahalgam base camps due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, Traffic on 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu highway and historic Mughal road was resumed on Wednesday after remaining closed due to landslides at various places on the strategic roads.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the highways in Kashmir, put the men and machinery at the work to help in restoring traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, officials said.

Highway authorities allowed only light motor vehicles to ply from Srinagar to Jammu and vice-versa.

They said heavy vehicles will ply from Srinagar to Jammu and the vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims will ply without any restriction from both directions.

The traffic movement was also restored on Mughal road which connects Kashmir valley to twin district of Rajouri and Poonch. (IANS/Agencies)

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