Road widening jams Sgr-Jmu highway

October 31, 2013

Jammu,  : The ongoing widening work along the Jammu-Udhampur road stretch of 286-km-long Jammu-Srinagar highway is triggering daily traffic chaos, giving tough time to commuters.A number of narrow diversions and ongoing digging at short distances, starting right from the last stop of Udhampur city onward to Jammu, slow down the traffic and cause frequent jams.

Pertinently widening of Jammu-Udhampur road is part of the National Highway Authority of India’s (NHAI’s) flagship project of four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

“In view of ongoing work, it takes three to four hours to reach Jammu from Udhampur,” said a commuter.

The situation is worst from Tirkri to Jajjarkotly as many stretches along the road have been reduced to a single lane.

The NHAI has divided the Jammu-Srinagar Highway four-laning project into six sub-projects,  including Jammu-Udhampur road (65 kms),  construction of Chenani-Nashri tunnel (12 kms), Udhampur- Ramban  road (43 kms)  Ramban –Banihal  road (36 kms), Banihal- Qazigund- road (15.25 kms) and Qazigund – Srinagar road (67.7 kms).

The widening work along the Udhampur-Jammu road stretch includes four tunnels besides equal number of flyovers and bridges. The longest tunnel is of 540 meters length while others three are of 330 meters, 300 meters and 210 meters. The NHAI has fixed May 2016 as deadline for completion of the project.


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