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Bailey bridge on Kashmir highway to be completed by Friday

India’s Border Roads Organisation will complete by Friday evening the construction of a bailey bridge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, which has been closed for traffic since Sunday after a portion of the road in Ramban district caved in.

BRO officials said on Thursday that 40 per cent of the work on the 120-foot-long bridge near Kela Morh in Ramban district has been completed.

They said BRO personnel are working day and night despite harsh winter to help resume traffic on the crucial highway connecting the twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We have put all the resources available for completing the bridge. The work is continuing on a war footing as all men and machinery have been put to use,” Brigadier IK Jaggi, the chief engineer who is monitoring the construction work at the site, said.

Officials said traffic would resume on the national highway within 2-3 days.

A portion of the highway sank near Kela Morh in Ramban district after a concrete retaining wall of a bridge collapsed on Sunday evening. 

The damage to the bridge at Kela Morh has blocked the national highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country. After that administration has started immediate restoration operation.

The shutting of the highway has led to the surge in the price of the essentials in the Kashmir valley even as the Indian authorities claim that there is enough food storage to last through for 2 months.

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