JK Surface Communication Suffers Extensive Damage

14 September 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abhinav Sharma

Jammu: The Road network across flood ravaged Jammu and Kashmir has suffered extensive damage with the preliminary assessment by the government showing that out of total 15517 roads around 12553 have been completely or partially damaged. Sources said that the initial round of assessment of losses due to the damage to the road network has been estimated at around Rs 20484 crore with maximum of Rs 20,000 crore in Kashmir. 'This is premature to comment over exact damages in Kashmir region as many areas there are still cut off , but at present situation, out of total 12000 roads, around 10,000 are expected to have suffered extensive damage due to floods and incessant rains' a senior official of R&B department told Greater Kashmir on condition of anonymity. Talking to Greater Kashmir, Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu, Abdul Hamid, said that in Jammu division out of 3517 roads with a length of 9851 KM about 2553 are damaged adding that at many places the damages are extensive. He informed that assessment of losses due to damage to road network in Jammu region has been put at about Rs 484 crore. The Department has completed assessment in Jammu region and also started the restoration work' he said. 'We have mobilized all resources to restore damaged roads in the region. About 375 machines have been pressed into service to restore 1800 vital road links' he said and added that 163 bridges including motor-bridges have also suffered damages in the floods. He said one major motorable bridge over Niki Tawi, connecting Phallayan Mandal area with the city centre, was completely washed away due to floods. He informed that the 4th Tawi Bridge has not suffered any structural failure or damage. 'However the left side approach towards Belicharana side (Ware House side) has damaged to a length of about 60 meters and while filling behind A3 and A4 on Bhagwati Nagar Side has also suffered minor damage. The Chief Engineer also informed that the cost of temporary restoration of 4th Tawi Bridge approach road would be approximately Rs 1.25 crore adding that the permanent restoration work would be taken up after proper design and study of hydraulic data to ensure its safety. He also predicted extensive damage to the road network in Kashmir region as well. He said that exact assessment of damage in Kashmir is not possible right now as presently the focus of the government is on rescue and relief.