2021 Srinagar–Leh Road Status

Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel || NH44 Banihal to Qazigund || MJ Ali Official
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Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel || NH44 Banihal to Qazigund || MJ Ali Official

Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel
Banihal Qazigund Road Tunnel is a 8.45 km (5.25 mi) road tunnel at elevation of 1,790 m (5,870 ft) in the Pir Panjal range in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir connecting Banihal and Qazigund. The tunnel reduces the distance between Srinagar and Jammu by 16 km. It also reduces travel time from 2-3 hours to 15 minutes.

It is a Twin tube tunnel consisting of two parallel tunnels - one for each direction of travel. Each tunnel is 7 m (23 ft) wide and has two lanes of road. The two tunnels are interconnected by a passage every 500 m (1,600 ft) for maintenance and emergency evacuation. The tunnel will have forced ventilation for extracting smoke and stale air and infusing fresh air. It will have state of the art monitoring and control systems for security. Built at a cost of Rs. 2,100 crore, it is expected that vehicles will have to pay a toll to use the tunnel.

Construction of this tunnel started in 2011 along with the project to widen NH 44 (which was known as NH 1A before all the national highways were renumbered in the year 2010) to four lanes. The existing road tunnel below the Banihal pass (Jawahar tunnel), has been a bottleneck on the road due to its elevation of 2,194 m (7,198 ft) and limited traffic capacity. The new tunnel's average elevation at 1,790 m is 400 m lower than the existing Jawahar tunnel's elevation, which would make it less prone to avalanches. When completed, the tunnel would reduce the road distance between Banihal and Qazigund by 16 km (10 mile).

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I guess the Banihal-Qzkd tunnel is open now... Can anyone guide as to progress of Nashri Banihal part? How much time should we expect to cover this one?


1. *On 27-08-2021 Friday* , there shall be no traffic movement on Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari road from either side in view of maintenance/repairing on *Zoji la axis* .

2. *Restriction on Dhar Road for HMVs more than 06 tyres*
As per the advisory of Border Road Organization (BRO), trucks with more than 06 tyres shall not be allowed to ply through Dhar road, BRO has cited design constraints as this road and its bridges has been constructed with lower bearing capacity making it unsafe for heavy traffic.

Tomorrow on 25-08-2021, *no vehicular movement shall be allowed from either side on Jammu-Srinagar NHW between Nashree and Jawahar Tunnel* in view of maintenance/repairing of the road.

Subject to fair weather and good road condition, *LMVs from both sides and HMVs (upto ten tyres) from Srinagar towards Poonch* shall be allowed on Mughal road. *LMVs from Behramgalla 0800 hrs upto 1500 hrs., from Herpora 0800 hrs upto 1600 hrs & HMVs from Herpora 0900 hrs. upto 1500 hrs* .

Subject to fair weather and good road condition, both way traffic shall be allowed *from Kargil towards Srinagar and vice-versa on Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road. LMVs from Minamarg will be released followed by HMVs (down traffic) at 0600 upto 1100 hrs and* *LMVs from Sonamarg will be released followed by HMVs (up traffic) after the tail of down traffic crosses Sonamarg* . No Vehicle shall be allowed after cut off timing.

Kishtwar- Sinthan road is through for *both ways traffic of LMVs only,* subject to fair weather and road condition.

People are advised to undertake journey on NHW-44 only after confirming status of the road from Traffic control units as under:-
• Jammu (0191-2459048, 9419147732)
• Srinagar (0194-2450022, 2485396)
• Ramban (9419993745) • Udhampur (8491928625)
• PCR Kishtwar (9906154100) for status of Sinthan Road
Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is no more
‘Restrictions imposed, mobile Internet suspended’

Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is no more

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02 Sep, 2021, 12:13 am
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Srinagar, September 2: Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away after a long illness in Srinagar on Wednesday night, reports said.
He was 92.
Reports said that Geelani breathed his last around 10:30 pm at his residence in Hyderpora in uptown Srinagar.
Geelani, who was suffering from multiple ailments, had been keeping unwell for the past many years.
Quoting sources, news agency KNO reported that Geelani developed serious complications on Wednesday afternoon. “He had chest congestion and breathing problems. He passed away at 10:30 PM,” the report quoted the sources as having said.
Following Geelani's death, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar announced that they have imposed restrictions as a “precautionary measure”. “Restrictions imposed including suspension of internet services in the Valley,” Kumar told ANI news agency.

Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is no more
Restrictions imposed including suspension of internet services in the Valley: IGP Kashmir

In the view of death of Senior Hurriyat leader, the public of North Kashmir is requested not to panic,
Pls avoid movement towards Srinagar.

Appeals public to keep calm, and stay inside their houses and pray for the departed soul. *DIG North Kashmir*
Only relatives will be allowed to move towards Geelani's residence.
Outsiders won't be allowed.
There will be restrictions Says IGP Kashmir

Avoid Srinagar city tomorrow
Route update:

Travelled last week between Jammu & Sonamarg. Good NH till Ramban. Ramban to Banihal is painful but the new toll road (BQ Tunnel) starts just after Banihal and thereafter, its a breeze till Sonamarg with small traffic patches in between.