JAMMU, July 11: The traffic through one of the tubes of Jawahar Tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Banihal, was restored this afternoon after some repair work, while traffic movement on the highway was disrupted for several hours as incessant rains triggered mudslides and shooting stones at several places near Ramban today.
Official sources said that the repair work, carried out jointly by the Border Roads Organisation and Navyug Engineering, a private firm engaged at work on another road tunnel in the area, was completed early today, but the tube was opened for traffic around 1.30 pm after safety checks by the team of experts including senior Engineers and Geologists.
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The tube had been closed on 7:30 am on Tuesday after seeping caused loose rocks to fall through an unlined area within the tunnel, also causing some cracks atop.
Vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was disrupted for several hours after heavy rains triggered a mudslide at Seri and shooting of stones from a hillock at Panthyal. The highway was closed again for two hours after a landslide in Seri at around 1:45 pm. The movement of traffic on the highway was restored at around 4.30 pm again. During morning hours also road remained blocked for some time but it was cleared after an hour. Shri Amarnath Yatra convoy crossed the area at Ramban and Jawahar Tunnel smoothly, the sources added.