SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday directed the police not to keep traffic blocked for long hours during movement of his cavalcade.
Reports said Omar stopped his car near the entry point in Civil Secretariat here and sent directions to the traffic police not to block traffic on his arrival to the Secretariat.
Traffic police had blocked the traffic shortly before the arrival of Chief Minister in the Secretariat. Long grid lock of traffic was seen on the Secretariat road.
An on-duty traffic police officer said that Chief Minister halted his vehicle at the entry point and forwarded a message to the officers not to trouble to the commoners, a local news agency CNS quoted eyewitnesses as saying. Accordingly, the traffic cops allowed the vehicles to ply on the road, the news agency said.
The Civil Secretariat road becomes a sight of traffic mess during the office hours because top government officials and law makers move to and from the Secretariat and other offices.