No civilian traffic will move on JK Highway on two days every week
JAMMU: The administration has decided to close down the arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for civilian traffic for two days in a week. The measure has been announced keeping in view the large movement of security personnel for deployment during the Parliamentary elections.
An official said that the associated possibility of any fidayeen attack on security force’s Convoys, the State Government has notified specified days in a week for the movement of forces from Srinagar to Jammu.
During these days, no civilian traffic would be allowed on National Highway, the official said.
To mitigate the inconvenience to the civilians by this move, the government has notified two dedicated days in a week i.e, (Sunday and Wednesday) exclusively for movement of forces convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the National Highway during these two days from 4 AM in the morning till to 5 PM in the afternoon, the official added.
“This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur,” he said.
The Government has, further decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any emergency or for other purpose, the local administration and police would evolve necessary procedures for this as is done during curfew days. These restrictions would remain in force till 31st May, 2019, the official said.
Notably, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Kashmir post Pulwama attack in February, 2019, had announced that no civilian traffic movement would be allowed during the convoy days.