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Kashmir highway to take 10 days to open

The vital Kashmir highway, which connects the mountainous region to the rest of the world, may take 10 days to reopen, road and transport officials said on Tuesday. 

The 290 kilometer highway was opened for one-way traffic on January 3 after remaining closed for a week due to heavy snowfall and landslides and shooting stones triggered by wet weather at many places.

The highway was shut again on Sunday as a vital bridge collapsed suddenly. 

On Monday, authorities had said the repair of the bridge near Kela Morh in Ramban will take up to five days. 

“Repairing by concrete filling and settling of the concrete for making it motorable may take approximately 10 days,” the road maintainance  authorities said. 

“In the interim, to restore connectivity a Bailey bridge is being launched by the Border Roads Organisation.”

The authorities added that the Jammu-Doda-Kishtwar, Jammu-Ramban, Gool Sangaldan, Magerkot-Banihal, and Banihal-Qazigund stretches are open for local traffic.

The Mughal road which is the second road link connecting Kashmir valley with the Jammu region is also closed due to snow accumulation.

The shutting of the surface link has led to shortage of essential supplies to the land-locked Kashmir valley. 

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