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Baily Bridge Ready, 500 essential supply laden vehicles to move towards Valley tonight

120 feet long Bailey bridge completed in 60 hours: BRO, 10000 Stranded Vehicles in to be allowed to proceed for Jammu from Kashmir tomorrow: ADGP Traffic 

Jahangir Sofi

Srinagar, Jan 16: After remaining closed for a week, Srinagar-Jammu national highway is all set to be allowed for vehicular movement tonight after the Border Roads Organization (BRO) completed the Bailey Bridge at Kela Morch in Ramban district along the 300-km stretch highway.

To begin with, 500 essential supply laden vehicles—“all essential supply laden vehicles”— will be allowed to move towards Valley while this evening as 10,000 stranded vehicles will also march towards Kashmir.

The traffic on the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country and world was suspended after the retaining wall of a bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban suddenly collapsed on Jan 9. Soon after the incident, the traffic authorities decided to close the traffic movement on Srinagar- Jammu national highway for 10 days.

However, as an interim relief, BRO launched Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban, that was completed today after a successful trial run. Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) T.Namgyal, while speaking to news agency—KNO said: “The Bailey bridge is completed. A successful trial was also conducted on the same today.”

Speaking about the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Namgyal said: “Once the traffic is through on Bailey bridge, only 500 vehicles laden with essentials will be allowed to move towards Kashmir valley, which will include fresh vegetables, Gas, Petroleum and other essential supplies.” He said that the movement of vehicles with essentials is expected tonight.

While speaking about the traffic movement for tomorrow, he said: “In valley there are almost 10000 stranded vehicles which includes Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), they will be allowed to move towards Jammu and no vehicular movement will be allowed from Jammu towards Kashmir.”

“There will be only one way traffic on Srinagar Jammu National Highway”, he further told KNO.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by BRO about the launching of Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban, the statement read: “The construction of Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar National highway has been completed, trial run was carried out successfully today afternoon and traffic will be able to run on it by evening.”

Brigadier I K Jaggi Chief Engineer Project Beacon of BRO, who was monitoring the construction of the bridge, said that BRO put men and machinery who after hectic efforts completed the bridge.

“We have completed the vital bridge in just 60 hours. Traffic can play on it as trial run was successful today. By today evening, traffic will resume on it,” he said. Meanwhile, officials at BRO said that 120 feet long bridge can carry 40 tons of weight at a time.

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.


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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.


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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.


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