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Disaster looms: Srinagar-Jammu highway to remain closed for next 10 days

By: Jahangir Sofi

Srinagar, Jan 12: Authorities Tuesday said that vehicular traffic will remain suspended on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in the wake of bridge collapse at Kela Morh, Ramban.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed Bailey bridge as an interim measure so that one-way traffic could be allowed for vehicles carrying essential commodities.

Talking to news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), ADGP Traffic T. Namgyal said “the bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban has damaged, there has to be concrete filling on one side of the bridge.”

“Till the concrete is settled down fully the movement of traffic is very bleak, it will at least take 10 days to restore the Highway for the traffic movement.”

Meanwhile, highway authorities are planning to install the Bailey Bridge as an interim measure and have roped in Border Roads Organisation ( BRO) for help.

“A Bailey Bridge can help in restoring the one way traffic on Srinagar Jammu National Highway”, said an official.

In a fresh communiqué by Traffic Police Headquarters J&K which read, “Jammu-Srinagar NHW shall remain closed due to sudden collapse of retaining wall of a bridge near Kela Morh, Ramban on 10.01.2021 at 6:20 pm. Repairing by concrete filling and settling of the concrete for making it motorable may take approximately 10 days as per P.D NHAI (Road construction and maintaining Agency).In the interim, to restore connectivity a Bailey bridge is being launched by BRO.”

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole said that stocks including food grains are available for two and a half months in Kashmir while as other essentials are available for 15 days. “There is no need to panic,” he said. —(KNO)

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