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Boulders blocking Jammu-Srinagar NH burst, traffic movement likely till Friday afternoon: Officials MPNRC

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Explosives were used to detonate stones obstructing the ongoing restoration work on the 270-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, which remained closed for the third consecutive day on Thursday due to multiple landslides, officials said. . With the improvement in the weather, restoration work was intensified in the morning at over half a dozen places in Udhampur and Ramban districts, as over 700 vehicles stranded in Kashmir, mostly trucks carrying essential commodities, were removed, officials said. Gone. ,

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He said efforts were on to clear the remaining 1,300 vehicles stranded on the highway – the only road connecting Kashmir to the rest of the country – and partial resumption of vehicular movement could be expected by Friday afternoon. Explosives were used to detonate stones at Dewal bridge near Samroli in Udhampur district, where a massive landslide blocked a long stretch of road.

Jammu Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with other senior officers including Udhampur Deputy Commissioner Kritika Jyotsna and Senior Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar inspected the landslide site near Samroli and asked the implementing agencies to ensure that the road is made traffic-worthy at the earliest. be made. , The Deputy Commissioner apprised the Divisional Commissioner that personnel and machinery are working on a war footing to restore the highway.

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Ramban Deputy Commissioner Musrat Islam, who is personally supervising the road clearance works, said that of the nearly 30 areas affected by landslides and landslides on the highway, 25 were cleared on Wednesday itself. The highway was blocked on Tuesday evening due to landslides, landslides and stone pelting at 33 places in Ramban and Udhampur districts. A 150-feet long roadway and an under-construction bridge on the highway were also washed away due to the flash floods.

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The Mughal Road, another link connecting two Poonch-Rajouri districts of Jammu region with Shopian district of south Kashmir, was also cleared for traffic after being closed for two days. Earlier in the day, Senior Superintendent of Police, National Highways, Shabbir Ahmed Malik said that efforts have been intensified to ensure speedy resumption of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

“More than 700 trucks and passenger vehicles stranded between Panthiyal and Banihal (in Ramban) were removed from Wednesday evening and reached their destination in Kashmir, while efforts are on to clear the remaining 1,300 vehicles,” Malik told PTI. . Of these, 110 trucks were cleared during the day on Thursday, the official said, connecting the highway between Digdole and Ghati, while road clearance operations including Kela Mor, Sita Ram Pasi Maroog and Battery Chashma in Ramban district. Likely to be completed by tonight.

He said that after the road is built, priority will be given to stranded vehicles. Officials said many people crossed the landslide-hit areas on foot to reach their destinations.

He said food and medical facilities have been provided to the stranded passengers.

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