Amid incessant rains, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday resumed his Bharat Jodo Yatra from Ramban. It was headed towards the highway town of Banihal but had to be stopped due to bad weather.
Bad weather and landslides on Wednesday forced the postponement of the second leg of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ which was to begin from Banihal town later this afternoon. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the afternoon leg of Wednesday’s Bharat Jodo Yatra was canceled due to rain and landslides in the area. The yatra will resume on Friday after a gap of one day. Congress General Secretary said that due to inclement weather conditions and landslides in the area, the afternoon phase of #BharatJodoYatra at Ramban and Banihal has been cancelled. Tomorrow is a rest day and the yatra will resume on January 27 at 8 am.
Amid incessant rains, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday resumed his Bharat Jodo Yatra from Ramban. It was headed towards the highway town of Banihal but had to be stopped due to bad weather. A few inches of snowfall had accumulated at the Lumber camping station, while Banihal received continuous overnight rain. The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy snowfall in the middle and high altitude areas and rain during the day in the plains.
The journey from Ramban to Banihal on the 270 km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is one of the most challenging due to several problematic stretches. Parts like Panthiyal, Mehar and Magerkote are prone to landslides from the hills overlooking the arterial road. Traffic was suspended on the highway on Wednesday morning following stone-pelting at some places in Ramban district following heavy rains, killing a truck driver and injuring two others.