'Project Beacon worked relentlessly this winter to keep roads open'

Project Beacon of Border Roads Organization today said it worked relentlessly this winter to fight the heaviest snowfall in recent times in Kashmir valley to keep the roads open.

“With our advance planning and strategic placement of snow clearance equipment, Project Beacon ensured that the road closure due to snow accumulation is minimal on important Jammu – Srinagar Highway (Quazigund – Banihal section) and Jawahar Tunnel which is under Project Beacon,” it said in a statement.

“The other sections of Jammu – Srinagar National Highway are with NHAI for its development to four lane specification, maintenance and snow clearance and BRO is working in full coordination with NHAI to ensure that connectivity to Kashmir valley is least disrupted,” it said.

“On Srinagar airfield, Project Beacon deployed state of the art imported snow clearance equipment and carried most of the operations during night to ensure zero closure of the runway. It was for the first time that Beacon endeavoured to connect Gurez during peak winter month of January and also successfully stage forwarded equipment to Sonamarg to facilitate early connectivity to Leh and opening of Zojila.

“In all over one hundred snow clearance equipment were pressed into services. The efforts of Beacon have been appreciated by all as most of their snow clearance operations were done in total synergy with the local civil administration to facilitate connectivity to local civil population in far flung areas of Kashmir valley,” it said.