National Highway sinks near Batote, traffic suspended

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Continuous rainfall since last 4 days resulting in landslides and shooting stones at several places besides sinking of road near Dak Bungalow Batote last evening forced authorities to suspend traffic on both National Highways.

Torrential rains since last four days has literally paralysed the life in whole Chenab Valley as all the roads are closed since last four days resulting shortage of several essential commodities including Medicines have disappeared from the market beside Petrol Pumps also went dry.

According to reports, all vehicles which were stranded on Batote -Doda- Kishtwar National Highway were allowed to move yesterday evening.  “We cleared all the stranded vehicles yesterday evening as the road was clear but soon were forced to stop the traffic again as a 100 metre stretch of road sunk near Dak Bungalow Batote,” said District Traffic Inspector (DTI) NH1B Shabir Ahmed adding that after meeting of higher authorities of Traffic, IG Traffic has ordered to stop the Traffic on both NHW’s to avoid any hurdles while restoration work.

According to reports, 350 passenger vehicles are stranded at Pul-Doda, Khalleni, Assar and Batote on National Highway-(NH1B).

Due to continuous closure of National Highway since last four days, essential commodities including vegetables, fruits, ration, kerosene and cooking gas are disappearing from the markets; some Petrol Pumps of twin districts have also gone dry since yesterday. Locals demanded that the vehicles carrying essential commodities should be given priority as soon the road open.

According to sources, due to sinking of land, four houses  belonging to Samdoo Sheikh, Ghulam Hussain, Mohammad Naseem and Mangta Sheikh  were completely damaged while around a dozen others including structures inside CRPF 48 BN cantonment . However, there was no report of loss of any life.

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