Government bars civilian traffic on NH444 twice a week!

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SRINAGAR — The government on Wednesday framed a new convoy plan for the movement of government forces to be deployed for upcoming Parliamentary polls stating that for two specific days, there would only be the movement of forces’ vehicles and no civilian vehicle will be allowed to ply on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

“Keeping in view the large movement of forces on the national highway during the Parliamentary elections and associated possibility of any Fidayeen attack on forces’ convoys, the State Government has notified specified days in a week for the movement of security forces from Srinagar to Jammu. During these days, no civilian traffic would be allowed on National Highway,” an official statement said.

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It stated that 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 to 5 PM.

“This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur,” the official spokesman said.

He further 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.”

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It would be recalled that the 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. Besides, few days ago on March 30, a Fidayeen strike was averted after a driver of the vehicle jumped out of it at Banihal.

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