One tube of Jawahar tunnel closed, hundreds of vehicles stranded on Srinagar-Jammu highway

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Jammu: One of the two tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed today after it developed cracks, officials said.

The tube was damaged after rocks fell into the tunnel complex through its service and air vents, a traffic department official said.

However, vehicles are being allowed to move through the tunnel’s other tube, he said.

Departments concerned are carrying out repair works, but it will take time, the officials said.

The highway is the only road which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country.

“People are requested to undertake their journey only after confirming the status of the road,” the official added.

Following the tube’s closure, a number of vehicles have  got stranded between the Banihal and Qazigund sectors.

The tunnel was constructed in the 1950’s for round-the-year surface transport and has been operational since December 1956.

The tunnel was renovated by the Border Roads Organization several times over the past decades to ensure it stays open.