Jammu-Srinagar NH reopens for traffic

RSTV Bureau

In a boost to relief efforts in the flood-ravaged Kashmir Valley, the Jammu-Sringar National Highway on Tuesday reopened for traffic after remaining closed for 13 days due to landslides triggered by incessant rains.

“After sustained effort by the BRO and Army Engineers, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened today,” a Defence spokesman 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.

Over 3000 to 4000 vehicles, particularly trucks carrying supplies had been stranded on the Highway.

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.

“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 Defence spokesman said.

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.

Semblance of normalcy emerges in flood-ravaged Kashmir

It will be a long, long haul for the people of Kashmir to resume their normal life but a
semblance of normalcy is beginning to emerge with waters receding in various places and being pumped out from several other colonies.

The extent of damage caused by floods in Kashmir is still unfolding as people who had left their marooned houses or were evacuated are now going back to their homes to check the damage as water level is receding and dewatering has gained momentum.