Major setback to restoration works on National Highway as road caves in near Ramban


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Jammu: Within hours after the restoration of vehicular traffic from Jammu to Srinagar on Sunday, nearly 150 ft long stretch of road caved in near Ramban snapping the surface link between two capital cities of the Union Territory once again.

The 300-km long highway, which is considered the life line to Kashmir Valley, was opened for movement of all the vehicules in the morning after seven days. The road had got blocked due to heavy snowfall and landslides last week, sources said, adding that during the last two days on Friday and Saturday authorities had cleared only the stranded vehicles and those carrying essential supplies to the Valley.

On Sunday morning, the road was opened for movement of all the vehicles from Jammu side towards Srinagar. The vehicles were plying smoothly until evening when nearly 150 ft long stretch of one lane the road connecting a vital bridge caved in at Kela Morh near Ramban.

“There shall be no vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar national highway towards Kashmir Valley and vice versa due to sudden damage of bridge at Kela Morh, Ramban. There is no optional carriageway available,’’ said a traffic police advisory here late this evening.