VVIP Convoys Won’t Halt Civilian Traffic On National Highway, ADGP Kashmir Says


SRINAGAR: In a significant decision, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar Saturday announced that the civil traffic movement on the national highway won’t be halted during VVIP and senior officers’ movement.

He also advocated additional measures and SOPs for facilitating the free flow of traffic without compromising convoy security in a phased manner.  This was decided in a high-level security meeting chaired by ADGP Kashmir in the Anantnag district of Kashmir.

“The officers participating in the meeting were also advised to conduct a joint survey and prepare SoPs to facilitate the free flow of traffic without compromising the security of Convoys in a phase manner. This new SoPs would be submitted to higher up for further approval,” the statement said, adding that “besides, special focus be given to lateral entries on National Highway and additional Nafri may be deployed on laterals,” police spokesperson said in a statement issued to press.

The statement read that in order to maintain smooth flow of vehicles, ADGP Kashmir urged Traffic police to deploy additional manpower on important/busy laterals. ADGP Kashmir stated this while chairing a  high-level meeting with the officers of Police, security forces and other intelligence agencies in Anantnag district to review the security of National Highway and SOPs being followed by security forces during convoy movement.

ADGP Kumar directed all the participating officers to conduct a joint survey of NHW viz a viz Convoy movement in their AOR and recommend some changes where and if possible, to modify the SOPs in order to maintain a smooth flow of civilian traffic during Convoy movements without unnecessary hindrance.

“ADGP Kashmir advised the SSsP and CAPFs/Army Officers to identify the spots on National Highway where engineering intervention is required in raising heights of dividers, direct lateral entries, and U-turn on the National Highway. They were also advised to identify the spots where service lane is required and also send joint recommendation where underpass or overpass are required to maintain the smooth flow of traffic on National Highway,” the statement said.

ADGP Kashmir further directed the district heads to identify the spots where additional CCTVs can be installed. He further directed them to employ SHOs/SDPOs on NHW during convoy movement at vulnerable spots, it said

Meanwhile, in the meeting, all the district SSPs were also instructed to generate specific inputs and launch anti-terrorist operations along the sides of NHW and take legal actions against OGWs operating in these areas. (KNO)


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