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Jawahar tunnel re-opens for traffic, security beefed up

Last Updated: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 19:12

Jammu: The two-and-half kilometres long
Jawahar tunnel, connecting Kashmir with Jammu region on
Jammu-Srinagar national highway, will remain open round the
clock, J&K Traffic Department officials on Sunday said.

"The Jawahar tunnel will remain open for vehicular
traffic round the clock and arrangements for night traffic
movement at the tunnel and security of vehicles on the highway
has been made in this direction," they said.

A meeting in this regard was held among joint groups of
traffic police, Border Road Organisation, CRPF, Army, and
civilian administration at the tunnel venue today and final
touches were given to the plan of reopening of the tunnel
round the clock.

On the directions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,
both the tubes of the tunnel, which were closed during the
night from 12 AM to 8 AM, shall remain open 24 hours with
effect from August 31.

Security setup will be reactivated along the highway
during the night period also and measures are being taken in
this direction accordingly, official sources said.

Army will also tighten the night security setup of the
highway in sensitive areas of Banihal-Ramban belt and
Tunnel-Banihal sector, they said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 19:12
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