JAMMU SRINAGAR HIGHWAY CLEARED BY MILITARY ENGINEERS AND BORDER ROADS
After sustained effort by the BRO and Army Engineers, the Jammu Srinagar National Highway has been opened on 16 September. Multiple landslides were cleared with simultaneous deployment of engineers and specialist equipment coordinated by the Military Engineers including Border Roads Organisation. The Land Link to Kashmir Valley from the Ladakh side was opened on 9 September and subsequently cleared the Sinthan Pass route via Kishtwar on 13 September 2014, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.
The major impediment to opening the NH was a massive landslide at Ramsoo near Ramban, where over 300 metres of road had been entirely washed away leaving a sheer cliff of 80 degrees slope. The entire hillside had to be excavated afresh and the effort had to be further intensified due to a repeated landslide on 12 September. Undeterred, the engineers worked night and day to make a new passage through the mountain slope. The first light vehicle crossed at Ramsoo at 0715 am and subsequently at 0745 am a heavy vehicle crossed the area. This lead to the crossing over of over 150 stranded vehicles which moved from Banihal to Jammu which lead to the National highway being opened to traffic, PRO (Defence) Jammu, Lt Col Mehta said.
Work is now on to construct a new bridge over the Ans River near Budhal, which will be completed shortly while several Army bridges have already been constructed and over 40 landslides cleared expeditiously by the Indian Army, PRO (Defence) Jammu said.