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Traffic restored on  Jmu-Sgr highway after trial run of Bailey bridge in Ramban

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Srinagar: The traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was restored Saturday evening with the completion of Bailey bridge at Kaila Morh, Ramban and subsequent trail run on it by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

The vehicular traffic on the 270 km Srinagar-Jammu highway was suspended on January 10 due to the sinking of a retention wall and about 15 metre road stretch near a bridge at Kaila Morh in Ramban.

According to the Chief Engineer, Border Roads Organisation, Brigadier I K Jaggi, the bridge was put to trail run at 2.45 PM and traffic was allowed to pass in a regulated manner after giving some final touches and verification.

The 40 ton Bailey bridge was constructed by BRO team headed by Brigadier I K Jaggi, along with Commandant, 760 Border Roads Task Force (BRTF), N K Dixit and OC, 99 RCC (Road Construction Company), GREF, Lt Colonel Varun Khera, an official press release informed.

Brig. Jaggi said that the bridge was raised within 60 hours, well ahead of 72 hour deadline set by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

“All of us, Commandant, Dixit and OC, Khera and me stayed at the site to supervise the work day and night. The material for Bailey bridge was brought from different parts of Kashmir and Kishtwar district in as many as 30 trucks,” he added.

ADGP Traffic J&K,  T. Namgyal; DC Ramban, Nazim Zai Khan; SSP Traffic JS Johar; ADC , Ramban, Harbans Lal, ASP Rajni Sharma, PD NHA1, Parshotam Kumar also visited the spot.

The DC Ramban lauded the efforts of BRO for erecting the Bailey bridge in a record time to restore the national highway.

Meanwhile, the traffic authorities said that only stranded vehicles followed by Srinagar bound vehicles carrying essential commodities were allowed in the evening.

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