Srinagar-Jammu National Highway Reopens after 13 Days
Srinagar: After remaining closed for 13 days due to landslides triggered by incessant rains, the Jammu-Srinagar highway re-opened on Tuesday for traffic. This is huge boost to restore supplies in the flood ravaged valley.
“After sustained effort by the BRO and Army Engineers, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened on Tuesday,” a defence spokesman of 15 corps is quoted to have said.
He said multiple landslides were cleared with simultaneous deployment of engineers and specialist equipment coordinated by the Chief Engineer of Northern Command Headquarters of the Army based at Udhampur to restore this vital road.
“The Highway was reopened for vehicular traffic after remaining closed due to landslide and washing of a portion of Highway in Ramban district,” a officer said.
On the intervening night of 2nd and 3rd September a five-km road patch was washed way in flash floods besides multiple landslides, sinking of road and flooding at various places in Ramban district.
“The Highway was reopened for only Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs)”, he said. Over 3000 to 4000 vehicles, particularly trucks carrying supplies had been stranded on the Highway.
He said clearance of remaining debris and slush on several roads in the State continues in an effort to improve traffic movement on all road links in the State.