Jammu and Kashmir Flood:Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Reopens After 13 Days

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway finally reopened to traffic, after being closed for 13 days in the flood-hit Kashmir valley on Tuesday.
The highway was closed due to the landslides and incessant rain about two weeks ago. The vital road link was restored by Border Roads Organisation and engineers of the Indian Army.
After sustained effort by the BRO and Army Engineers, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened on Tuesday, said an official.
The official said that the 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.
As the highway gets restored, it is possible to transport rescue material to the flood-ravaged parts of the Kashmir Valley via road. Due to the closure of road, vehicles had got stranded on the route at various places in Banihal, Ramban, Batote, Kud, Patnitop, Chenani, Udhampur and Jammu. About 3000 to 4000 vehicles, especially trucks carrying supplies had been stranded on the Highway.
According to a police officer, “The Highway was reopened for vehicular traffic after remaining closed due to landslide and washing of a portion of Highway in Ramban district.” He said that the Highway was reopened for only Light Motor Vehicles.
He also said that the 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.
Earlier, the Military Engineers had restored the land link to flood-hit Kashmir Valley from Ladakh side on September 9 and cleared Sinthan Pass route via Kishtwar on September 13.
[category-Nation] [tags-Jammu and Kashmir Flood, NH, Jammu-Srinagar road, Flood-hit Kashmir, Restoration, Transport]

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