rinagar-Jammu Highway remained closed on Tuesday for traffic movement in view of the damage to a bridge near Kela Morh in Ramban district of Jammu division even as authorities stated that the crucial-surface link connecting Kashmir with rest of the world, will remain shut for the next ten days.
The thoroughfare was closed due to the sudden collapsing of the retaining wall of an important bridge at Kela Morh, Ramban with no optional immediate carriageway available.
A fresh communiqué by Traffic department read, “Jammu-Srinagar NHW shall remain closed due to sudden collapse of retaining wall of a bridge near Kela Morh, Ramban on 10.01.2021 at 6:20 pm. Repairing by concrete filling and settling of the concrete for making it motorable may take approximately 10 days as per P.D NHAI (Road construction and maintaining Agency).In the interim, to restore connectivity a Bailey bridge is being launched by BRO.”
Reports said that hundreds of vehicle are stranded around the damaged spot.
In view of the blockade on National Highway from the last two days due to damages caused to Bridge at Kela Mode Ramban, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag, K.K.Sidha today visited National Highway to look into the problems being faced by the stranded Truck Drivers with regard to availability of essential commodities and drinking water.
The DC along with SDM Dooru, DSP civil defence and other revenue officers distributed 2000 kits of eatable items including Rice, Sugar, Mustard oil, spices, pulses, tea, Milk packets and biscuits among stranded truck drivers at Zig, Lower monda, Vessu and Alstop Mir Bazar.
The DC directed PHE Xen Qazigund to ensure supply of drinking water to the truck drivers through tanker service.
He also visited FCI godown Mir Bazar to take stock of the availability of essential commodities and their proper dispatch to the concerned sale outlets. He directed FCI officers to ensure dispatch of 40 to 45 trucks daily for distribution among the consumers of the district.