Jammu: The J&K government has banned civilian traffic for two days – Sunday and Wednesday – on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway and only government forces’ convoys will be allowed to proceed from 4am to 5pm on these days. These restrictions will remain in effect till May 31.
The move follows Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s announcement of not allowing civilian traffic alongside forces’ convoys after the February 14 Pulwama attack. A suicide bomber from Pulwama rammed his explosives-laden van into a CRPF convoy on the national highway, killing more than 40 paramilitary troops.
A government spokesperson in a press handout said that keeping in view the increased movement of government forces on the highway during the parliamentary elections and the possibility of a fidayeen attack, the J&K government has notified these two days in a week for the movement of security forces.
“To mitigate the inconvenience to the civilians by this move, the government has notified two dedicated days in a week, i.e, Sunday & Wednesday, exclusively for movement of security 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,” it said.
The government has decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement in 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 May 31.