Traffic suspended on NHW due to slides, repairs

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/5/2021 12:11:04 AM

SRINAGAR, April 3: Traffic was suspended on Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Saturday morning due to landslides and dilapidated condition of the road in Ramban area.
According to sources, traffic was suspended due to falling rocks and debris on the highway.
Officials claimed that after 3.00 am, no vehicles were allowed to ply between Nashri and Jawahar tunnels. Suspension of traffic movement was aimed at undertaking necessary repairs and maintenance of the highway, they added.
The companies engaged by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), for widening old alignment into four-lane, pressed heavy machinery at several places for excavation and earth cutting between Nashri and Banihal in Ramban district due to which debris of heavy boulders accumulated on the highway.
Police officials said hundreds of load carriers, including Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) were left stranded at Jammu and Srinagar as authorities suspended traffic movement on both sides of the National Highway for repairs. He said load carriers, carrying essential commodities for Kashmir, were stopped at Nagrota Dhar road and Jakhani Udhampur while Jammu-bound traffic stopped at Qazigund and other places on highway.
They too confirmed that the movement of vehicular traffic would remain suspended till Saturday morning.
Due to suspension of traffic, the Highway, passing through Ramban district, wore a deserted look although local skeletal traffic could be seen plying in district Ramban.
The weekly suspension of vehicular traffic on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway had badly affected the transportation of food grains and other essential goods for Kashmir and other areas of Ramban district. It also affected the movement of passengers.
However, the sources added that the repairing work of the highway is in full swing.
It may be recalled that according to the traffic plan, traffic from Srinagar to Jammu was allowed on Saturday.
Meanwhile it is pertinent to mention that the Srinagar-Jammu highway patch comes in lower Himalayas, which is made of sedimentary rocks hence prone to landslides.



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