Highway will be closed from 3 am to 7 am
The Jammu-Srinagar highway will be closed for 4 hours every day till September 27. According to officials, this process of keeping the 270 km long highway closed will start from 3 am on Friday and this highway will be closed till 7 am. Senior officials said on Friday that the decision to close the highway has been taken for repair work in various landslide prone areas. UT Chief Secretary AK Mehta has given green signal to the move to close the highway for repair work.
It has also been asked to complete the work of double lane.
This decision to keep the Jammu-Srinagar highway closed daily for the next five days has been taken especially in view of the seriousness of incidents of stone-fall and landslides. However, at the same time, the Chief Secretary has asked the officials to ensure that the movement of trucks laden with fruits is not affected and they are given priority over other vehicles. He has also asked the officials to complete the work of double lane construction between Banihal to Ramban and black topping of the road in a period of 10 days thereafter.
Emphasis on use of technology for traffic management
The administration has fixed the morning time for the repair work on National Highway No-44 (NH-44) of the National Highway Authority of India as the traffic movement is less at this time, which is expected to cause less inconvenience to the people. . The Chief Secretary has also asked the officers to use GPS technology and other modern scientific resources for better traffic movement and also procure road safety equipment.
There was a landslide on Wednesday too
Not only this, information has also been given about the repair work as well as the rest of the logistics purchased related to road safety. Under this, 213 bikes, 110 Royal Enfield bikes, 23 cranes, 20 Mohail vehicle interceptors, 16 highway patrolling vehicles have been purchased. Apart from this, an amount of Rs 1.52 crore is being spent on the purchase of other transport equipment. On Wednesday too, due to landslides and boulders falling on this highway, traffic had to be stopped suddenly. The incident took place in Ramban’s Cafeteria More area. Due to this, long queues of vehicles were formed on both sides of the highway. However, after the road was cleared, traffic movement resumed.
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NH-44 from Srinagar to Kanyakumari
National Highway No-44 (NH-44) is the longest highway, connecting North-Central and South India. It starts from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and goes till Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. This National Highway passes through Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. (all photos-files)