The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) is working to clear the Jaglot Skardu road (JSR) on an urgent basis after landslides caused blockades on the road. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also took note of the blockade and requested FWO to open the Tormik section of the Jaglot-Skardu road on an emergency basis.
As a result of landslides, there have been blockades on JSR in multiple areas of Roundu Valley, Skardu. Over the past two weeks, Juglot-Skardu Road remained closed for at least six days. The current blockade has lasted for three days now and despite clearance efforts, it could take at least two days to restore the traffic on the route.
PM Sharif said the Tormik section of the road should be opened on an emergency basis and directed the FWO chief to “use extra machinery and manpower” to restore the traffic. PM Sharif emphasized to pace up the work in view of the travel of residents to their homes ahead of the upcoming occasion of Eid ul Azha.
Important to note that the JSR road is the main artery for the transportation of fuel and edible items to the adjoining areas. As a result, it is necessary to open the road on a priority basis. FWO has been working tirelessly to quickly clear the road. It already managed to successfully open one side of the Tormik section.
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JSR at Turmic : One way opened
To safe guard against potential landslides, JSR will remain closed from Monday morning (4 July | 9 AM) to Wednesday evening (7 July | 7 PM), as decided in coordination with local administration. pic.twitter.com/tbJEvkRKB7
— FWO (@OfficialFWO) July 1, 2022
FWO paving way for safe travel
FWO remains committed to the people of Pakistan with the speedy execution of tasks. Earlier this year, the Karakoram Highway (KKH) was blocked at two locations due to the heavy snowfall in Gilgit Baltistan. However, FWO tirelessly worked for 5 days to clear the road and keep it open for traffic.
Similarly, the Jaglot Skardu Road also faced blockades at certain locations due to landslides. However, FWO managed to clear the road, allowing commuters to reach their destinations as soon as possible.
Moreover, FWO also helped clear Murree Expressway during the Murree tragedy that took place in January. FWO brought in heavy machinery and bulldozers to remove the snow from the roads, allowing safe evacuation.