History’s first bi-weekly highway lockdown starts

Srinagar

The ban on civilian traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway began from wee hours of Sunday ( April 7), and there was no movement of traffic except convoys witnessed on the thoroughfare.

According to the government decision, the ban on civilian traffic will be in force for the two days in a week, i.e Sunday and Wednesday. This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur.

On the two specified days, the ban will start from 4:00 in the morning 5:00 pm till May 31.

Highway Ban

Earlier, the State Government of J&K notified specified days in a week for the movement of government forces from Srinagar to Jammu. According to order, during these days, no civilian traffic would be allowed on National Highway.

The government has notified two dedicated days in a week Sunday and Wednesday exclusively for movement of government forces convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the 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 Government has further decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any emergency or for another 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 May 31 2019.

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.

Meanwhile, the former chief minister of J&K and National Conference Vice present who was heading towards the Uri area of Baramulla district today termed it a “mindless” order because of its inconveniences which lead people to suffer.

“Driving to Uri I’m getting to see first hand the extent of disruption & inconvenience that is being caused to people because of the mindless highway closure order that is in place today,” Omar tweeted.

However, not only Omar, a number of senior politicians of the region termed it as “useless move” and asked the authorities to revoke the order as soon as possible.

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