Over 500 vehicles stranded as Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for traffic due to multiple landslides

The Jammu and Srinagar National Highway on Thursday was closed for traffic following multiple landslides on the Ramban-Banihal stretch in Ramban district due to heavy rainfall, leaving over 500 vehicles stranded.

According to the officials, the highway was closed for traffic around 8:30 am after multiple landslides took place at Marog, Monkey Morh, Battery Chashma, Panthial and Trishul Morh areas.

“The clearance wok is yet to be undertaken as it was raining heavily in the area. Over 500 vehicles have been stranded at different places due to blockades,” said the officials.

Last week, the highway was closed for two days due to a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in the Mehar area of Ramban district.

Pertinently, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which has been executing the four-laning project, has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) worth Rs 2,000 crore to the Centre for re-alignment of 14-km four-laning road stretch on the treacherous Ramban-Banihal section to bypass half-a-dozen “killer spots” to make it all-weather road.

The re-alignment of the road has been finalized between village Marog and Makarkote in Ramban district. All major trouble and land-sliding points including Marog, Panthial, Digdol and Battery Chashma would be bypassed after realignment to make it all-weather road.

At present, the NHAI has been executing four-laning work on two treacherous stretches including 43-km-long Udhampur-Ramban section and 36-km-long Ramban-Banihal section—on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

The project cost of Udhampur-Ramban stretch is Rs 1,710 crore while it is Rs 2168.66 crore for Ramban-Banihal stretch.

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