STATE TIMES NEWS RAMBAN: Nine kilometer long Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway connecting Kashmir Valley with rest of the country was abruptly closed for traffic on Thursday reportedly due to the power outage that temporarily shut the light out and exhaust fans inside the tunnel. Traffic on both directions of 9.2 km long tunnel have been closed, according to District Development Commissioner Ramban Showket Ajaz Butt. “I have been informed by the tunnel authorities at Nashri, that the power outage at the tunnel due to a snag in 132 KV transmission line possibly linked to a snowstorm that also cut power in entire Chenab region forced them to suspend the traffic from both sides as neither exhaust nor their ups system was working,” said DDC Ramban. However, DDC further informed that when he enquired from NHAI authorities, they maintained that the traffic has not been stopped completely but it is being allowed in phases, as their genset is not giving enough power to run all the lights and exhaust fans simultaneously. ” This is a very serious issue and a cause of concern, so I will visit the tunnel personally tomorrow to know the exact reason behind suspension of traffic,” said Showket Ajaz Butt, DDC Ramban. The snowstorm played havoc on roads and highways in the mountains regions of Jammu and Kashmir, triggering several road closures due to rock slides and slippery road conditions.
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