Srinagar: A “complete ban” on civilian traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway for two days a week came into force on Sunday in order to ensure safe passage for army convoys to pass through the national highway, news agency PTI reported.
The ban will be in effect on Sundays and Wednesdays of every week from 4 am to 5 pm on most parts of the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Medical emergency vehicles are exempted from the order.
These restrictions would remain in force till May 31, 2019.
“The main purpose is to ensure that the security forces are given safe passage so that their movement is faster and secure. District magistrates, SHOs, SDMs, and tehsildars have been deployed so that people can approach them if they require assistance,” news agency ANI quoted Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma as saying.
Asked on people using the highway during the affected days in times of emergency, Verma informed that passes would be issued subject to verification and establishment of the credential of purpose.
“To avoid incidents like Pulwama and Banihal, the highway has been sanitised to ensure safe and secure passage of security forces so that they can reach their destination safely. Troops will be going up and down for deployment during elections or other assignments. So, keeping this in mind, this has been done,” Verma added.
The prohibition on the movement of civilian traffic on these two days of each week would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal, and Ramban till Udhampur.