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Omar expresses dismay over restriction on vehicular traffic on highway
administration clarifies no blanket ban on traffic but only regulation of vehicles to minimize jams




Srinagar, July 11, (Scoop News)-Expressing dismay over the frequent intimidation and restrictions on the sole national highway connecting Kashmir with rest of country, former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said that his party has been raising the issue at all appropriate forums.

Interacting with a delegation of fruit growers at his residence, he said the party is privy to the difficulties the people of the state are facing in wake of the reckless highway ban.

Omar said the marginalized traders, fruit growers are in particular at the receiving end of it.

“Our party has been raising the issue at all appropriate forums. Our parliament members are continuously raising the issues concerning the state in the parliament,” he said.

The former chief minister assured the visiting delegation of fruit growers from Sopore that he will take up their issue at appropriate forums particularly to expedite the movement of fruit trucks on priority basis on the national highway.

Interestingly, within an hour, the divisional administration clarified that there is no ban on travel on the national highway but admitted that only regulations are in effect at some places to ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic.

During an interaction with media persons, the Divisional Commissioner- Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan, said that traffic on the highway is being regulated as per traffic advisory and there is no blanket ban on movement of civilian traffic on the highway.

“Let me clarify that there is no blanket ban anywhere on the highway as some quarters have been expressing their concern over the issue. We are only regulating as per traffic advisory,” he said adding that “there are just two hours restrictions and this much people should bear.”

Khan said the restrictions are imposed for a very brief and specific period to ensure free flow of the civilian traffic and pilgrim convoys.

The Divisional commissioner said that there was huge rush of pilgrims at the initial days and now the number has started to come down and the traffic situation will also come back to normal.

“Due to ongoing widening of the road, the condition of the highway on the other side of the tunnel (in Jammu province) is very narrow and five people were injured because of shooting stones,” he said adding that two way vehicular traffic could lead to huge traffic jams.

Khan said that during restriction period the administration has ensured that no student misses his or her college or school. The administration has deployed the magistrates and police officers along the highway to facilitate uninterrupted flow of people during regulation period, he added. ...
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