Traffic Resumes On Jammu-Srinagar National Highway
JAMMU: Traffic was resumed on Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Thursday after remaining suspended for weekly maintenance yesterday.
Meanwhile, one-way traffic continued on the Srinagar-Leh national highway, while historic 86-km-long Mughal road and Anantnag-Sinthan-Kishtwar roads are also through, a traffic police official said.
He said two-way Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) traffic was restored today on the national highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
However, Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) and security force convoy will ply from Jammu to Srinagar, he said, adding that no HMV will be allowed from opposite direction.
Traffic on the highway was suspended on Wednesday to allow National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to undertake weekly maintenance, particularly between Banihal and Jawahar Tunnel.
Only one-way traffic from Srinagar to Leh was allowed to ply on Thursday. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction. However, traffic will remain suspended on Friday on the highway to allow Beacon authority to undertake weekly maintenance.
The official said LMVs will ply from both sides on Anantnag-Sinthan-Kishtwar road. No HMV will be allowed on this road, he added.
HMVs will ply from Shopian in south Kashmir to Poonch in Jammu region on the Mughal road, he said, adding that LMVs will be allowed to ply from both sides.
Massive Landslide In Ramban Shuts Jammu-Srinagar Highway
Jammu, June 11: Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Friday due to a massive landslide in Ramaban district, officials said.
They said that landslide occurred at Seri area of the district, leading to the closure of the thoroughfare, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the outside world. There was no loss of life or injury reported in the incident, they said. SSP Ramban P D Nitya told that clearance work was ongoing to restore the highway. gns
Traffic Remains Suspended On Srinagar-Jammu National Highway For 2nd Consecutive Day
Traffic on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Saturday.
Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed on Friday for weekly maintenance and repair work.
Traffic could not be restored Saturday morning due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rain at Penthyal and Margooz on the highway, a traffic police official said.
He said heavy rain during the night triggered shooting stones, landslides and mudslides.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has pressed into service sophisticated machines to put through the traffic, he said adding continued shooting stone are hampering the clearance operation. It was heavily raining between Banihal to Ramsu, triggering more mud and landslides besides shooting stones. Once the road clearance operation will be completed, traffic will be resumed, he said.
He said today Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) were to ply from Jammu to Srinagar. LMVs had to cross Nagrota Jammu between 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and from Jakheni Udhampur between 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs.
Only stranded Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) between Nashree and Ramban were to ply towards Srinagar, he said.
He said security forces were also asked not to ply against traffic advisory. They are advised to ply from Jammu to Srinagar today when the road is reopened.
Meanwhile, candidates of Banihal, Ramban and Ramsu and other areas who were to appear in the written test for class 4th posts in Jammu tomorrow expressed concern over the closure of the road.
They said due to the closure of the highway for the second day today, they could not go to Jammu to appear in the written tests. They demanded that they should be allowed to appear in the test separately in case the highway remained closed.
Meanwhile, the national highway, the only road connecting Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir remained closed since January Ist, 2021 due to the accumulation of snow.
However, the highway is likely to reopen for traffic movement from February 28 as the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completed a snow clearance operation. However, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu remained closed since December last year due to the accumulation of snow.
Meanwhile, snow clearance operation was going on a war footing on Anantnag-Kishtwar road which remained close since December last year.
High Court Concern Against NHAI For Lack Of Progress In Maintaining NH-44
Srinagar, Feb 18: The High Court has expressed concern for not taking effective progress and steps by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on maintaining the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
The Division Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul upon perusal of the pleadings on record said that no effective progress is, in fact, made with regard to the Court direction over the maintenance of Udhampur to Banihal and Banihal to Ramban sections of National Highway.
Court directed the senior Additional Advocate General, B A Dar to update the status of the compliance of the directions passed by this Court on February last year by the next date of hearing. Court also directed the Registry to send the court directions to the Chairman, National Highways Authority of India for ensuring filing of updated status and compliance report as also appearance of counsel on behalf of the Authority on the next date of hearing as no one was present on their behalf before the court.
The four lanning of Udhampur-Ramban Section of NH-1A (Now NH-44) from Km 67.00 to KM 89.00 and Km. 130.00 to Km. 151.00 under NHDP Phase-II (design Length = 40.07 Km) was allotted to M/s Gammon India Private Limited for an amount of Rs.1709.99 crores.
The letter of intent was issued on 23.09.2015 with completion date as 27.12.2018. The scope of work includes eight major bridges, 59 minor bridges, 492 box culverts, two of tunnels of 888 m and 794 m length.
However, NHAI has stated that there has been a delay in the execution of the work because of the orders passed by the High Court at Jammu in the case of 7 villages located from Nashri to Ramban Section 10197 Km, and the land was made available to the contractor from the months of May to July, 2018.
The additional land for Chanderkot Bypass is yet to be made available to the contractor as the land acquisition proceedings are under process. There are 69 structures in the row still existing, due to which the work could not be taken so for.
There are also some vigilance cases for the felling of trees in Chanderkot area, which is also causing delay in the execution of the work as per the NHAI.
With regard to Ramban to Banihal section which is four laning of NH-1A (Now-NH-44) from km 131 to km 187.00 under NHDP Phase-II (Design Length = 32.10 Km) was allotted to M/s HCC Limited for an amount of Rs 1783 Crores.
In view of the report, Project Director, Ramban has approached the DPR consultant to work on the proposal in line as advised by the expert committee along with the financial proposal for approval of competent authority especially for the stretch where cutting of hill slope is yet to be undertaken by the contractor.
“For maintenance of existing road, the contractor for widening of roads, it is a contractual obligation of the contractor to maintain the existing highway for the traffic.”
“As the new lane which is under construction is on uphill side of the existing road and the culverts constructed in this lane flow directly to the existing carriageway which causes damages to the existing carriageway frequently. The same were repaired repeatedly.”
The Chief Secretary was required to convene a meeting of the Commissioners /Secretaries to Government, Revenue Department; Power Development Department and Forest Department and ascertain the difficulties, concerning the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, being faced by the National Highways Authority of India in the competition of the entire project, as detailed out by them in their status report/ response and issue all possible directions to the concerned authorities for their removal at the earliest.
But the court in this regard has not been updated till today.
The existing condition of road stretching right from Udhampur to Chenani and Chenani to Banihal, is precariously shabby and that the concerned Contractors are not maintaining the said roads as per the required level and in this regard authorities were supposed to inform the court over progress for maintaining these roads. However no such information in shape of status report has been filed before the court.
Two Persons Missing, Another Injured As Truck Falls In Nallah In Ramban
Two persons are missing while another was rescued in injured condition after a canter truck they were travelling in fell into a nallah near Ramsoo along the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Monday morning.
Official sources told that the truck (HR38-1633) skidded off the road and fell down at Sher Bibi area of Banihal in Ramban district.
Soon a rescue operation was launched by police and members of quick response team besides locals including members of NGOs. The rescuers were able to pull out one person in injured condition and he was later shifted to hospital. Driver and another person on board the truck are missing and searches are continuing for them, SHO Banihal Nahiem Matoo told
When this report was filed, the rescuers were in pursuit of finding the missing persons. (GNS)
1048 Essential Supply Vehicles, Including Fruits, Vegetables, Mutton Moved Towards Kashmir
Stranded vehicles in valley to move towards Jammu for second consecutive day on Monday, Says ADGP Traffic
Srinagar, Jan 17: After the launch of Bailey bridge on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Kela Morh in Ramban by BRO, athuthorities on Saturday evening allowed 1048 essential supply vehicles to move towards Kashmir valley, officials said.
They said that on Sunday traffic was allowed to move from Srinagar towards Jammu.
Earlier, authorities had suspended traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu Highway after the retaining wall of a bridge at Kela Morh collapsed.
As an interim relief to connect the valley with the rest of the country, NHAI roped in BRO to launch the Bailey bridge at Kela Morh.
ADGP Traffic T. Namgyal told said that as soon as the Bailey bridge was given green signal on Saturday evening for traffic movement, 1048 essential supply vehicles, which included 48 Gas Trucks, 151 Oil Tankers, 39 Sheep Trucks, 108 Vegetable Trucks, 230 Fruit Trucks and 55 Gas Tankers, were allowed to move towards Kashmir valley.
He said that on Monday, traffic will be allowed from Kashmir towards Jammu only as there are stranded vehicles in Kashmir and for tomorrow they will be allowed to move towards Jammu.
He further said that the restoration work on the bridge is going on and there will be strictly one way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway—(KNO)
Anantnag: Even as its construction was started nine years ago, the new Qazigund-Banihal tunnel is yet to complete despite missing several deadlines. The project was envisaged to avoid frequent closure of Jawahar tunnel that leaves Kashmir Valley cut off from rest of the country.
Initially set to be completed by June 2016, the work on the Rs 2100 crore ambitious project have seen hiccups since its inception in 2011 due both to financial constraints and the concessionaire’s lethargic approach.
In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) commissioned construction of two tunnels namely Chenani-Nashri and Qazigund-Banihal along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to reduce travel and make it motorable for all seasons.
Even as the 10.5 km Chenani-Nashri tunnel was thrown open by the end of 2018, the 8.5 km Qazigund-Banihal is still incomplete.
The excavation work inside the tunnel was completed in May 2018 and the NHAI officials had assured the government that its twin tubes would be made operational by January 2019. However the financial issues again delayed the project, sources said.
“The work on the project remained at halt for around a year for want of fund transfer to the executing agency,” an NHAI official said. He said the delay has resulted into further cost escalation of the project.
Project Manager NHAI, Gaurav Gopal, however, told that they have now sufficient funds at their disposal. “The work, which was stopped due to lockdown in the wake of Covid19, has resumed now,” he said, adding that the project is likely to get completed by 2020 year.
The tunnel with two parallel tubes being constructed by Indian infrastructure major Navayuga Engineering Co (NEC) would reduce the distance between two sides by over 16 kms. Each tube will be seven meters (23 ft) wide with two lanes.
“The 1000 meter bench lining on either tube of the tunnel is still pending,” the NEC official said.
He said out of the approved amount of Rs 576 crore, Rs 270 cr have already been released in their favor. “Only after the lining is completed, the finishing work can be undertaken,” an official said.
The new Banihal-Qazigund tunnel’s elevation is 1,790 meters, i.e. 400 meters below the Jawahar tunnel making it less prone to avalanches.
Kreeri May, 27 (KNN): To eradicate drug menace and make area drugs free, Kreeri police has arrested notorious drug peddler at Kreeri in North kashmir’s Baramulla District.
SDPO Kreeri said that on a specific information a naka was laid under the supervision of SHO kreeri near Gousia colony kreeri and arrested one notorious drug Peddler along with 200 gram Charas Like Substance.
The accused has been identified as Ab Majeed Chopan R/o Kichu Muqaam Kreeri.
General Public has hailed the action of SDPO Kreeri and SHO Kreeri and said these type of actions should be continued in future so that drug menace can be eradicated in the area.
According to KNN, Police has registered a case FIR No 48/2020 U/S 8/20 NDPS Act in Police Station Kreeri. (KNN)
Jammu Srinagar National Highway Restrictions Limited To Sundays Only: Government
Earlier this month, the Government had imposed restrictions on civilian movement on the Kashmir highway connecting Jammu to Srinagar, in order to ensure adequate security to the movement of Security Forces’ Convoys while at the same time minimizing public inconvenience.
It may be recalled that there has been a large movement of security forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama attack. These forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for conducting General Elections peacefully. In order to facilitate unhindered and secure movement of Security Forces’ Convoys, the Government had imposed a prohibition on civilian traffic on NH-44 from Baramulla to Udhampur twice a week, i.e. on Sunday & Wednesday, from 4.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. Although this was only for 15% of the total time in a week, the Government was also keen to minimize inconvenience to the public. Elaborate arrangements were made by the local administration to facilitate the movement of public during the period of restriction. This included provision of Travel Passes for covering (i) various emergencies, including medical emergencies, (ii) school buses, (iii) students appearing in examinations, (iv) Government employees on duty, (v) hospital staff on duty, (vi) passengers travelling by air, 9vii) political persons needing to campaign, etc. Besides, over 100 Executive Magistrates were deployed to ensure smooth movement of Security Forces’ Convoys and also facilitate civilian movement. Divisional Commissioners have been additional arrangements at the local level to facilitate public movement.
The Government is monitoring the convoy needs of security forces on a real time basis and making all attempts to minimize public inconvenience. For example, no restrictions were imposed on 17-04-2019, although it was a convoy day (Wednesday) as there was no need for movement of Security Force Convoys.
The Government has once again reviewed the requirement of security forces, particularly in the light of successful conduct of elections in Baramulla & Jammu on 11-04-2019 and Srinagar & Kathua on 18-04-2019. As the requirement of Security Forces is now reducing as they are de-inducted, the Government has decided to partially relax the restrictions on traffic imposed earlier as follows: –
1. The restriction on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 would now be limited only to Sunday w.e.f. 22-04-2019. There would be no prohibition on civilian traffic on Wednesday.
2. The restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur on NH-44 as earlier. However, these would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces.
3. Even on the days of restrictions, i.e. Sunday and Wednesday between Srinagar and Udhampur and on Sunday between Baramulla and Srinagar, the local administration would continue to facilitate movement of civilian traffic as has been happening in the last two weeks. Further, the local administration and police would examine the possibility of allowing public transport of JKSRTC to move during the period of restriction on the NH even on convoy days.
4. A complete review of restrictions on the Highway would be done after the last phase of elections on 06-05-2019 to examine the need for continuing with them.
The Government stated that the purpose of these restrictions is in the larger interest of security of everyone and appealed the people to extend full cooperation in the smooth regulation of traffic. The Government is alive to the needs of people and inconvenience caused to them while being cognizant of the needs of security forces. The restrictions strike a balance between the two. The restrictions will be reviewed on a real time basis and modifications will be made as necessary in the coming days.
Kashmir Highway Through For Civilian Traffic As No Convoy Movement For Today
The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said that there will be no ban on civilian traffic movement on the Kashmir highway today.
A traffic police official said that the nodal agency, CRPF has telephonically informed that on 17/4/2019 there shall be no movement of the convoy on NHW -44. “As such the Traffic plan issued earlier shall stand modified and normal traffic would ply on the NHW from Jammu towards Srinagar,” he said.
The authorities on April 4 banned civilian traffic twice in a week, Sundays and Wednesday, to allow movement of security forces convoy on the highway.
The spokesperson informed that civilian traffic will be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar and no convoy would ply on the route.
Ministry Of Home Affairs Defends Restrictions On Srinagar Jammu National Highway, Says It Will Last Only Till May 31
Defending the move to impose restrictions on a vital national highway connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, the Home Ministry said Wednesday that the step has been taken to ensure safe movement of forces and it will be continued only till May 31.
In a statement, the ministry said a “deliberate and mischievous disinformation” being spread about the recently imposed traffic restrictions on the national highway connecting Jammu with the Kashmir Valley.
“The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has already clarified in unambiguous terms, that out of seven days in a week, only reasonable restrictions have been imposed, that too for 12 hours, two days in a week. This has been done to ensure safe movement of forces and at the same time minimising the inconvenience to public,” it stated.
The total duration of prohibition is for 24 hours out of 168 hours in a week, which amounts to only 15 per cent of the time, it added.
“While regulations for movement of civilian traffic were already in place during convoy movement, the state government has now come out with a planned movement of security forces on the national highway for a short duration — up to May 31, 2019,” the statement read.
The regulations have been imposed just for a total of 15 days keeping in view the convoy efficiency and security of the personnel, “particularly in the backdrop of Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019 and a similar unsuccessful attempt on March 31, 2019”, it stated.
The ministry said an impression is being created by some individuals that the national highway has been closed for civilians which is “farthest from the truth”.
During this period of 12 hours, alternative routes like old national highway and other internal roads are available for commutation of civilians without any hassles.
The ministry said restrictions were in place in Jammu and Kashmir earlier also and are imposed from time to time in other parts of the country, for movement of the convoys of security forces.
The restrictions have been re-imposed, after taking into account the requirements of students, patients, etc. and also ensuring minimum public hindrance, it said.
A robust mechanism to facilitate the public by the administration for exceptions and emergencies has also been ensured. Further, a mechanism has also been put in place to review these restrictions from time to time.
“Certain vested interests are raking up this issue with utter disregard to the precious lives of security personnel that could be lost in Pulwama-like attacks and are sensationalising the issue without any consideration for the national security,” the statement read.
“These planned restrictions, which came into force from April 3, have by and large stabilised and are being properly implemented by the state government without any inconvenience to the public at large,” it added.
Government ‘Bans’ Civilian Traffic On Sunday, Wednesday To Allow Forces Convoy On Srinagar-Jammu Highway
The J&K government has banned civilian traffic for two days-Sunday and Wednesday-on Srinagar-Jammu highway and only government forces convoy will be allowed to proceed from 4am to 5pm for those days.
Keeping in view the large movement of forces on the highway during the Parliamentary Elections and possibility of any fidayeen attack, the J&K government has notified these two days in a week for the movement of security forces from Srinagar to Jammu, a government spokesperson in a handout said.
“To mitigate the inconvenience to the civilians by this move, the government has notified two dedicated days in a week i.e, (Sunday & Wednesday) exclusively for movement of security forces Convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the National Highway during these two days from 4 AM to 5 PM.
“This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur,” it said.
The Government has, further decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any emergency or for other purpose, the local administration and police would evolve necessary procedures for this as is done during curfew days. These restrictions would remain in force till May 31.
It would be recalled that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Kashmir post Pulwama attack in February, 2019, had announced that no civilian traffic movement would be allowed during the convoy days. Besides, few days ago on 30th March, there was a possible fidayeen attack on another security force convoy at Banihal.
Stranded Passengers On Srinagar Jammu National Highway To Be Airlifted By Army: Sitharaman
While acknowledging former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s call to evacuate stranded passengers, Defence Minister Nirmal Sitharaman on Monday said the army will airlift the stranded people from Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The minister said the army will airlift stranded people including students from Jammu to Srinagar and vice versa.
“Army to help air-lift stranded students & others from Jammu to Srinagar & vice versa. Inclement weather affected their movement. Acknowledge the phone call of @MehboobaMufti on this matter. Also just spoke with DC Jammu. @PIB_India @ANI @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia,” Sitharaman tweeted.
Jammu Srinagar National Highway Remains Closed For Fourth Consecutive Day
The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed on Saturday for the fourth consecutive day due to snow accumulation and landslide debris on the strategic 300 km-long road, a traffic official said.
“Snow clearance operation is going on in the Bannihal area while landslide debris is being cleared at Digdol, Panthal, Battery Chashma and Anokhi Falls in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector,” the official said.
“We are expecting to get the highway cleared by this afternoon. A decision to allow traffic will be taken after getting an approval from the Border Roads Organisation and the NHAI (National Highway Authority of India).”
Over 2,500 trucks carrying essential supplies to the landlocked Kashmir Valley are stranded on the highway for the last four days.
Meanwhile, airfare between Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Delhi has skyrocketed ever since the closure of the highway.
Flights to Srinagar airport resumed on Friday afternoon following a two-day suspension.
A special Indian Air Force plane carried 179 students to Jammu from Srinagar on Friday. These students will appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam on Satuday.
The MET Office has forecast dry weather till February 13 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Partially Restored For Traffic
The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway was restored partially on Sunday for one-way traffic after it remained closed for three consecutive days due to snow and landslides.
Traffic department officials allowed stranded vehicles to move towards the Kashmir Valley from the Ramban-Bannihal sector while over 50 trucks were allowed to cross the Jawahar Tunnel on Saturday evening.
“One-way traffic will be allowed on the highway today from Jammu to Srinagar. No vehicle will be allowed to move in the opposite direction,” the officials said.
“Before starting a journey, travellers are advised to contact our control rooms in Jammu and Srinagar to know the latest status of the highway.”
Due to the highway closure, prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed in the valley.
Mutton, poultry products and vegetables are being sold at exorbitant prices as the landlocked valley is entirely dependent on the outside for supply of essentials of life.
Thanks to the stock-building by the authorities, there has been no shortage of petroleum products including diesel, petrol and kerosene oil in the valley this winter.
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Reopens After Six Days Of Continuous Closure
In a major relief to stranded passengers, the authorities Sunday allowed Srinagar-bound light motor vehicles (LMV) to ply from here as the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway was reopened partially for traffic after six days of closure, a senior police officer said.
A fresh landslide struck the highway near Anokhi fall Sunday morning but men and machinery are on the ground and hopefully the traffic which was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar will be cleared, Inspector General of police, Traffic, Alok Kumar told PTI.
The 270-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed on January 21 following heavy snowfall in the Jawahar Tunnel area — the gateway to Kashmir — and multiple landslides triggered by the incessant rains between Banihal and Ramban over the past week.
A massive avalanche had also struck the highway on Tuesday last, blocking both tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel on Qazigund side but the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the stretch of the highway, cleared the road for traffic, Kumar said.
Inclement weather hampered the early reopening of the road, leaving hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, stranded.
The stranded passengers held demonstrations in Jammu and Udhampur over the past couple of days against the administration for its alleged failure to make necessary arrangements for their stay and were demanding their airlifting to Srinagar as was the practice in the past during such situations.
“After reviewing the situation on the ground, the LMVs were cleared from Jammu to Srinagar Sunday morning,” the IGP traffic said.
He said efforts are on to clear the debris at the scene of the landslide to allow smooth passage of the LMVs and also to make it traffic worthy for heavy vehicles as well.
Meanwhile, the night temperature in most parts of the Jammu division marked an improvement with the city recording a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s 3.7 degrees Celsius.
The snow-bound Bhaderwah town in Doda district was the coldest recorded place in the region with a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MET department said.
He said the night temperature appreciated by over three degrees in Banihal town, which recorded a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.
Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine, recorded a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.