J&K floods: Jammu-Srinagar National Highway re-opens

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was finally thrown open to traffic on Tuesday morning, reports said.

J&K floods: Jammu-Srinagar National Highway re-opens

Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was finally thrown open to traffic on Tuesday morning, reports said.

The highway remained closed for 13 days after getting damaged due to landslides and sinking of road at various places on September 4.

The highway, which is the lifeline for Kashmir Valley, was opened after repair works were completed by the Border Roads Organisation and engineers of the Indian Army.

The re-opening of the highway is also crucial as rescue material can now be transported to the flood-ravaged parts of the Kashmir Valley via road.

Hundreds of vehicles had got stranded on the route at various places in Banihal, Ramban, Batote, Kud, Patnitop, Chenani, Udhampur and Jammu due to closure of the road.

"After sustained effort by the BRO and Army Engineers, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been opened today," a Defence spokesman said.

"The highway was reopened for vehicular traffic after remaining closed due to landslide and washing of a portion of Highway in Ramban district," a police officer said.

"The highway was reopened for only Light Motor Vehicles," he added.

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