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J&K: One tube of Jawahar Tunnel closed after it develops cracks

Press Trust of India  |  Banihal/Jammu 

One of the two tubes of the on the Jammu-National Highway was closed today after it developed cracks, officials said.

The tube was damaged after rocks fell into the tunnel complex through its service and air vents, a said.

However, vehicles are being allowed to move through the tunnel's other tube, he said.

Departments concerned are carrying out repair works, but it will take time, the officials said.

The highway is the only all-weather road connecting with the rest of the country and is called the gateway to the Valley.

"The repair work will take some time and, therefore, people have been requested to undertake their journey only after confirming the status of the road, he said.

Rocks fell into the tunnel damaging one of the tubes. The portion has developed cracks, a said.

He said that following the tube's closure, a number of vehicles got stranded between the Banihal and Qazigund sectors.

The tunnel was constructed in the 1950's for round-the-year surface transport and has been operational since December 1956.

The tunnel was renovated by the several times over the past decades to ensure it stays open.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 12:20 IST