Banihal-Qazigund Flyover Develops Cracks, Traffic Diverted

File photo of Qazigund-Banihal tunnel

Banihal: A flyover near the recently opened Banihal-Qazigund tunnel Monday developed a crack, prompting diversion of traffic for repairs, officials said.

The officials said that it was a minor crack that will be taken care off.

The 8.5-km-long Banihal-Qazigund tunnel, built at a cost of Rs 2,100 crore, was opened for traffic early this month.

Work on the tunnel, which is part of an ongoing four-lane highway project, was started in June 2011 by the Navyug engineering company, and its operationalization reduced travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by about 1.5 hours.

The officials said workers noticed the crack on the stretch between the toll plaza in Banihal and the tunnel early Monday, following which traffic coming from Kashmir towards Jammu was immediately diverted.

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