After remaining closed for a week, Srinagar-Jammu highway was allowed to open for stranded vehicles after India’s Border Roads Organization completed the Bailey Bridge at Kela Morch in Ramban district along the 300-km stretch.
To begin with, 500 essential supply laden vehicles have been allowed to move towards Valley while this evening 10,000 stranded vehicles will also march towards Kashmir.
The traffic on the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world was suspended after the retaining wall of a bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban suddenly collapsed on Jan 9. Soon after the incident, the traffic authorities decided to close the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway for 10 days.
However, as an interim relief, BRO launched Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban, that was completed after a successful trial run on Saturday. Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) T.Namgyal, said: “The bailey bridge is completed. A successful trial was also conducted.”
Speaking about the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Namgyal said: “Once the traffic is through on Bailey bridge, only 500 vehicles laden with essentials have been be allowed to move towards Kashmir valley, which will include fresh vegetables, Gas, Petroleum and other essential supplies.”
While speaking about the traffic movement for Sunday, he said: “In valley there are almost 10000 stranded vehicles which includes Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), they will be allowed to move towards Jammu and no vehicular movement will be allowed from Jammu towards Kashmir.”
“There will be only one way traffic on Srinagar Jammu National Highway”, he said.