Restoration work on Jammu-Srinagar NH speeded up as weather improves

The Jammu-Srinagar freeway remained closed for the third day on Sunday owing to heavy snowfall and a number of landslides in Ramban district even as the highway clearance businesses speeded up the restoration work amid enchancment in weather, officers mentioned.

The helicopter service resumed on the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district, whereas efforts are on to restart the battery automotive service, they mentioned.

With enchancment in weather after days of heavy rain and snowfall throughout Jammu and Kashmir, particularly on Friday and Saturday, the highway clearance operation was intensified to revive site visitors on the 270-km-long strategic freeway the one all-weather highway linking Kashmir with the remainder of the nation.

The restoration will not be attainable right this moment (Sunday) as free particles from the hillocks overlooking the freeway at varied locations continues to be flowing down and delaying the clearance operation, Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic (Highway), Shabir Ahmad Malik instructed PTI.

He mentioned the freeway is cleared from Jammu to Mehar in Ramban, although single-way at some locations.

The clearance work is underway at Cafeteria Morh and Maroge the place steady free particles is flowing down, hampering the restoration work. Work to revive the broken metal tunnels at Panthiyal and Magerkote is underway.

“Clearance work at Khooni Nallah is but to begin as equipment must be shifted after work at Magerkote, the officer mentioned.

He mentioned the freeway from snow-covered Ramsu to Banihal is cleared however slippery and solely a single carriageway may be at present used.

From Banihal to Railway Chowk, the highway is single, whereas each tubes of Qazigund-Banihal tunnel can be found for single carriageway with snow clearance work in progress, he mentioned.

The freeway was closed for vehicular site visitors on Friday afternoon shortly after it was opened for recent site visitors after two days of closure.

Our precedence is clearance of over just a few dozen stranded passenger automobiles, the SSP mentioned, including a recent overview on site visitors shall be taken later within the day.

The officers mentioned the helicopter service to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills resumed early on Sunday with winter Sun making its look after 5 days, a lot to the reduction of the individuals who had been reeling below intense chilly.

However, the battery automotive service remained suspended and efforts are on to revive it, the officers mentioned, including the yatra is being carried out easily.

Meanwhile, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri, has postponed the Ph.D entrance take a look at, scheduled for January 12, by three days.

In view of the inclement weather situations and repeated requests of the candidates from the valley, the Ph.D entrance take a look at has been postponed and can now be held on January 15 on the identical time and venue as notified earlier, Dean, Academic Affairs of the college, Prof Iqbal Parwez mentioned.

A spokesperson of the meteorological division requested individuals to not enterprise out in avalanche-prone areas and stay cautious, particularly throughout the subsequent two days.

The weather improved considerably in and is more likely to stay dry until January 16. Although the snowfall has ceased, the specter of avalanches nonetheless exists in snow-bound areas, he mentioned.

(Only the headline and film of this report might have been reworked by the Business Standard employees; the remainder of the content material is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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