Jammu-Srinagar highway to be closed for next 3 days

  • Navneet Dubey, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Sep 10, 2014 23:20 IST

It will take another three days before the 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway can be opened for vehicular traffic.

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway is shut for the last seven days due to heavy rains triggering massive landslides and washing away roads on various places.

SP national highway Haseeb Mughal said, "Due to pathetic condition of the highway, no movement of vehicles will be possible for next three days."

Speaking on the major bottlenecks on the highway, the SP said, "The main concern is the road between Ramsoo and Banihal, where at Gangroo 100 metere of stretch has been washed away by heavy rains. Also a little further, couple of small patches at Hingri has been washed away. These are two main concerns on the sections of the highway."

What kind of restoration has been initiated to repair the patches, the SP said, "For the last three days, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), army engineers and Lighton Construction company are working round the clock in removing debris and repair works on the highway."

"As you know, the road connectivity between Batote, Doda and Kishtwar has been restored for the last couple of days. I have spoken to SSP Kishtwar to facilitate the opening of the Kishtwar-Sinthan Pass- Anantnag (Kashmir) road link. The Jammu-Poonch road has been cleared for traffic," he added.

The Srinagar part of the national highway starts from Qazigund falls in South Kashmir, which is the worst affected region in the Valley.

Meanwhile, a source in the taffic police has said that there is no fun in going to Valley due to the precarious condition there now. The public can only go upto Anantnag and Qazigund areas. They have to travel another 45 km to reach Srinagar and that stretch has been marooned for the last six days.

At present more than 1,500 vehicles, mainly commercial ones, bound for Srinagar, have been stranded at various places on the highway.

The traffic was suspended on the highway due to landslides, washing of several stretches of road and flooding at various places on September 4.

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