Left tube of Jawahar tunnel declared unsafe, closed

PRINCE JEHANGIR. Dated: 7/11/2018 12:47:15 PM

BANIHAL, Jul 10: Western or left tube of Jawahar Tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was declared unsafe Tuesday when rocks fell down from roof top and numerous cracks developed inside the tunnel tube.
Reports said that at 0645 hours some rocks fell down from roof top of western tube into the tunnel complex and a number of cracks emerged on roof top of the left tunnel tube or up traffic tube.
After the incident, the traffic movement on Jammu- Srinagar National Highway remained disturbed for some time. The authorities closed down left tube of the tunnel and allowed both side traffic movement from eastern or right tube of Jawahar tunnel.
Jawahar tunnel is the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country and is called the gateway to the valley. It was constructed in the year 1950 for round-the-year surface transport and has been operational since December 1956.
Later Jawahar tunnel was renovated by the Border Roads Organization under the project BEACON in 1960. It was designed for 150 vehicles per day in each direction but the number of vehicles is now more than 10,000 in both directions. After renovations, the tunnel now has a two-way ventilation system, pollution and temperature sensors, lighting system and with emergency phones for any assistance installed from Border Roads Organization (BRO).
DySP Traffic Banihal Vishal Manhas told KTNS that Navayuga Engineering Company has started renovation works of damaged portion inside the western tube of Jawahar tunnel. “After completion of works inside the western tube, traffic may be allowed from damaged tube,” he informed.
DIG Ramban, Doda Kishtwar Rafiq ul Hassan and SSP Ramban Mohan Lal, also incharge SSP traffic NH visited the spot and took a detailed assessment of damaged portion of the tunnel tube.



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