Srinagar: The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is constructing a bailey bridge to restore traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway which is closed for the third successive day on Wednesday after retaining wall of a bridge in Ramban collapsed on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road and Anantnag-Kishtwar roads remained shut since last week of December, 2020 due to accumulation of snow while the national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir has been closed for winter months.
A traffic police official told UNI this morning that Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, remained closed on Wednesday due to sudden damage of a bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban on Sunday evening.
He said the National High Authority of India (NHAI) has informed that repairing by concrete filling and settling of concrete for making it motorable may take approximately ten days. He said in the interim, to restore connectivity a bailey bridge is being launched by BRO.
However, traffic official said that vehicles can ply between Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar, Jammu-Ramban, Magarkote-Banihal and Banihal- Qazigund stretches on the highway.
Meanwhile, official sources said over 5000 vehicles, including those carrying essentials, and oil tankers got stranded on the highway after the bridge was damaged. Several thousand empty trucks, oil and gas tankers are stranded on this side of the Jawahar tunnel.