Jammu & Kashmir

Mughal road closed due to landslide in Poonch

A panoramic view of Mughal Road. [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

Poonch: The Mughal road, connecting Kashmir Valley’s Shopian district with the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch, has been closed due to a landslide on Wednesday, officials said.

The thoroughfare has been blocked near Ratta Chamb in this mountainous district due to landslide amid rains, the officials said. Immediately, they said, men and machinery were pressed into service to clear the road.
DySP PC Surankote Hamid Ali Bandey confirmed to GNS the closure of the road and said that the efforts are underway to reopen it.

Meanhwile, the new track to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine has been closed for pilgrims in view of landslide threat as Katra town in Reasi district received the heaviest rainfall in the past 43 years.

Chopper service to the shrine has also been suspended because of inclement weather. However, pilgrims can reach the shrine atop Trikuta Hills will continue on the old track, officials said on Wednesday.

“Yatra has been suspended on the new track due to the threat of landslides. However, the yatra is going on the old track,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Anshul Garg told PTI.

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