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ANANTNAG — The authorities in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday banned the movement of heavy goods vehicles on three inner routes, which lead to the Qazigund tunnel.

In an order, District Magistrate Anantnag, Dr Basharat Qayoom said that in view of the apple harvesting season, there has been a noticeable increase in the movement of heavy goods vehicles along all routes, especially the National Highway.

The order reads that it has been reported that in order to avoid the rush on National Highway, the truck drivers adopt various inner routes to reach Qazigund tunnel area, which leads to traffic jams due to which the general public including patients suffer badly.

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It added that in the previous year, a child lost his life as he couldn’t get timely medical aid due to a traffic jam on Anantnag-Dooru-Verinag (ADV road) road.

“In order to prevent the recurrence of the unfortunate incident referred to above, and to address the issue of frequent traffic jamming in inner routes, it has become imperative to impose a total ban on the movement of Jammu bound heavy goods vehicles on Mirbazar-Ashajipora Road, Anantnag Dooru-Verinag Road and Dalwach-Mehmoodabad routes,” it reads.

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It added that it is hereby ordered that there shall be a complete ban on the movement of Jammu-bound heavy goods vehicles on Mirbazar Ashajipora Road, Anantnag-Dooru-Verinag Road and Dalwach Mehmoodabad Road.

“Senior Superintendents of Police, Anantnag and Kulgam and Superintendent of Police Traffic Rural Kashmir and National Highway, shall ensure implementation of the order in letter and spirit,” it reads.

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