Sgr-Muzafarabad highway caves-in, repaired

BARAMULLA: A 100-metre stretch of Srinagar-Muzafarabad highway caved-in on Tuesdayevening in Baramulla. However the road was immediately repaired by Beacon authorities on Wednesday.
Officials said the road caved-in near Khanpora along with a portion of ancient Shilpathri temple. They said dozens of electric poles and trees also were damaged.
A Tata mobile vehicle plying on the road at the time of the incident miraculously escaped from getting buried. The driver of vehicle was later rescued by the Baramulla police and locals.
The damage to the road temporarily cut off hundreds of villages of Uri, Boniyar and Narvaw from the main town Baramulla. They used boats to cross the stretch.
BEACON authorities immediately put their men and machinery into service to repair the damaged portion.
They used bulldozers, cutting the nearby hill, to fill the caved-in portion of the road. The road was opened for one-way traffic by Wednesday evening.
Mudasar Naqashbandi, a resident of Khanpora, accused the district administration of not taking sufficient measure before hand to prevent the damage to the road.
“The road had already developed minor cracks and was slowly sinking for the past two months but no one paid attention,” he said.