Jammu-Srinagar NH reopens, stranded vehicles being cleared

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/15/2019 2:53:19 PM

DGP, IGP Traffic inspect landslide sites at Ramban

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, May 14: After remaining closed for about 12 hours due to a landslide in Ramban, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was reopened for traffic Tuesday evening, with authorities saying that the stranded vehicles were being cleared.
Earlier the Director General of Police, J&K Dilbag Singh along with IGP Traffic, J&K Alok Kumar visited different places of National Highway at Ramban and held meeting with the officers with regard to recurrent closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway and measures for smooth flow of traffic on it.
Early Tuesday morning the highway was closed for traffic due to a landslide in Ramban district that had left over 1,500 vehicles stranded.
The DGP J&K along with officers and representative of Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) Manohar Sharma visited and had an on spot review of the major slide sites including Mehar, Marog-1, Marog-2, Monkey Morh, Anokhifall and Digdol. DGP J&K reviewed the measures being taken/to be taken by the HCC immediately so that the highway remained open.
He issued on spot instructions for ensuring adequate measures to be put in place to minimize the inconvenience caused to commuters. The DGP J&K also discussed in detail the immediate measures required to be taken in view of the coming Amarnathji Yatra with focus on contingency measures to be put in place and preparedness for disaster management including provisioning of shelter sheds and maintenance of dumping sites for emergency parking.
The officers briefed the DGP regarding the recurring slides on the vulnerable sites and the difficulties being faced by them in smooth flow of traffic.
Officials said the 270-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir to the rest of the country, was blocked by a landslide at Digdol area. As a result, over 1,500 heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and 200 light motor vehicles (LMVs) were stranded at different points, the officials said.
Senior superintendent of police J S Johar said men and machinery was deployed to clear the area.
The SSP said there would be no movement from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway until the debris is cleared.
The highway had remained closed from May 9-11 due to landslides and one-way traffic was allowed on the highway, the officer added.



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