Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar route is interrupted after one person is killed and two cars are damaged by moving rocks

Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar route is interrupted after one person is killed and two cars are damaged by moving rocks

A truck driver was killed and two people were injured after stones were thrown at a few locations in Ramban district on Wednesday morning as a result of heavy rainfall, according to authorities.

The Bharat Jodo Yatra of senior Congressman Rahul Gandhi is planned to go from the Ramban district office to the highway township of Banihal throughout the day.

According to a traffic department official, there were a few locations between Ramban and Banihal where throwing stones from hills overlooking the highway, the sole all-weather route connecting Kashmir with the rest of the nation, prompted the suspension of traffic.

He said that the road clearing authorities are prepared with their people and equipment to make the road traffic suitable once the stone-throwing ceases. He claimed that the heavy rains at Mehar and Panthiyal were the cause of the stone-throwing.

In the early morning hours near Magarkot, sliding rocks struck a vehicle and an oil tanker, injuring two people and killing one driver. The wounded passengers in the tanker were taken to hospitals while the corpse of the dead was sent to a morgue, according to the authorities. While the majority of Banihal and Kashmir valley got snowfall this morning, it was still snowing strongly in Ramban sector.

The meteorological office has predicted heavy rainfall in the lowlands and severe snowfall over middle and upper elevations during the day. The traffic department has issued a thorough advise in light of the Bharat Jodo Yatra to guarantee hassle-free vehicular movement on the route and prevent any unneeded annoyance for the public.

The department has instructed residents of Ramban town and the surrounding regions not to park any vehicles on the road during the foot march and has designated the yatra route from the Batti-Matra-forest Check post road as a "no traffic zone."

The traffic authority further said that until the yatra reaches its camping location at Lamber in Banihal, where it would spend the night before entering Kashmir on January 27, no vehicles will be permitted from Qazigund (Kashmir) towards Ramban.

The warning also recommended that the Army and paramilitary forces refrain from using vehicles while the yatra is in progress.