Chenani-Nashri tunnel impacts footfall in Patnitop?

The country’s longest surface tunnel — the 9.2-km Chenani-Nashri tunnel — has come as a boon for travellers, but it could have an adverse impact on the tourism sector in Patnitop area in Udhampur district of Jammu region, with Kashmir and Ladakh-bound tourists skipping the popular hill station for a stopover. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 31-km tunnel on April 2. It has cut short the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours, bypassing Patnitop, which has some 65 hotels, cottages and guest houses. Where the…

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Winter carnival gets underway at Patnitop

Livening up the winters in picturesque Patnitop, three day Winter Carnival got underway Sunday attracting tourists in large number. MLA Chenani Dinanath Bhagat formally inaugurated the programme. CEO Patnitop Development Authority Rakesh Sangral was also present on the occasion. Organised by the Department of Tourism and Patnitop Development Authority, three day carnival includes cultural programmes in which prominent artists from within and outside the state will perform. Various adventure sports specially ice skiing will also be one of the major   attractions of the festival.

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Residents from Ramban fumes due to power outage

The supply of electricity remained disrupted in several areas of Ramban tehsil since Wednesday night even as the locals accused the Power Development Department of “carelessness”. Power supply was yet to be restored by Thursday late afternoon. Reports said power outage affected Parnote, Seri, Chandroog, Kanga, Halla, Rajgargh, Kumait, Dhanrath, Gandhri and Digdool villages being fed electric supply from receiving station Maitra. PDD officials said disruption of electric supply to some areas occurred due to the faults in HT transmission lines due to wind storm in the area. However, the…

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HCC ‘fails’ to maintain highway, DM initiates criminal proceedings

The work of four-laning project from ‘Km 150 to 187’ was allotted to HCC under the conditions that the company also has to properly maintain the existing NHW, an official spokesman said. District Magistrate Ramban, Muhammad Aijaz on Thursday initiated criminal proceedings against Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) for “failing” to properly maintain the Srinagar-Jammu highway from Ramban to Banihal, leading to various traffic accidents. The work of four-lanning project from ‘Km 150 to 187’ was allotted to HCC under the conditions that the company also has to properly maintain the…

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Heavy rain wreaks havoc in Batote

Heavy rain and a reported cloudburst in the Patnitop area on Thursday wreaked havoc and caused widespread destruction in the Batote tehsil of Ramban district. Three minor students and many heads of cattle were reportedly swept away. Several houses, link roads, culverts and crops were damaged due to the downpour, particularly in Boon, Badi, Gami and Tringla. The traffic on the Batote-Doda and Jammu-Srinagar highways was disrupted for about two hours due to the landslides at several places on Thursday evening. Slush entered the mosque in Boon. A total of…

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Three students swept away in Ramban flash floods

2 bodies recovered, several houses damaged in Chenani Three students were washed away in a flooded nullah following flash floods after a downpour at Ladhwal in the Batote area of Ramban district this afternoon. According to sources, the bodies of Rakesh Kumar, 14, a student of Class VIII, and Shallu Devi, 5, were recovered from a nullah this evening. However, efforts were on to trace the body of another missing girl, identified as Pallavi Devi, 14, a student of Class VIII. It is feared that she might have been washed…

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Two killed, three hurt as rain triggers landslides in Ramsu area

Taxi plunges into nullah after being hit by shooting stones; Srinagar, Kishtwar highways shut Two persons were killed and three others sustained grievous injuries after a Jammu-bound Sumo taxi skidded off road and plunged into the turbulent Bisleri Nullah at Gangroo in the Ramsu area of Ramban district. Three passengers of the taxi went missing after the mishap and a search was launched to trace them. The vehicle reportedly skidded off road after being hit by shooting stones around 12 noon. The deceased have been identified as septuagenarian Haji Mir…

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Probe indicts 2 companies for death of 10 workers

Inquiry committee says safety measures remained on paper Beig Construction Company, which is building the country’s longest 9.2-km Chenani-Nashri tunnel, has been found guilty of criminal negligence that resulted in the death of 10 labourers in a fire in Ramban on December 31 night. Besides Beig Construction Company (BCC), a Turkish construction company, Servonik, which is also involved in construction of the tunnel, has been found equally responsible for the incident. The inquiry committee, headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Babu Ram was assigned the task to probe the incident.…

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Ramban residents resent opening of liquor shop

Residents of ward 4 and 5 of Ramban town are up in arms against the opening of a liquor shop in the area by a local contractor. In this connection a delegation comprising prominent citizens, members of religious and social organizations today submitted a written memorandum to DDC Ramban in which he has been requested not to grant permission for opening of the liquor shop in their locality “as it would disturb peace and tranquillity in the area”. It has been also stated that the site where the licences holder…

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Beautification projects for Patnitop tourist resort remain on paper

Chenani-Nashri tunnel to put question mark on its future prospects The Chenani-Nashri tunnel is nearing completion and is expected to be thrown open to traffic in May next year. The new road connectivity has put a big question mark on the future prospects of Patnitop, which will be bypassed. The successive state governments have abandoned Patnitop and projects for its maintenance and beautification has failed to move beyond paper. Even the slogan of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is also holding the charge of the Tourism Ministry, to make…

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