Unprecedented ban begins today, magistrates to manage

Unprecedented ban begins today, magistrates to manage
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Srinagar: The J&K government on Saturday appointed a clutch of officers including magistrates and Naib Tehsildars for regulating traffic during the ban on civilian traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, which begins on Sunday for two days a week till May 31.
After directions from the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, orders were issued in various districts to appoint officers to regulate traffic to facilitate movement of emergency vehicles, government employees, tourist buses, school buses, and “election rallies” on Sundays and Wednesdays “till election process is completed.”
An order issued by the Srinagar district magistrate said that designated nodal officers will coordinate with magistrates and zonal magistrates for traffic management. The order said that Naib Tehsildars (NTs) are appointed as sector magistrates for coordination with magistrates and nodal officers deployed for traffic management.
The NTs will give hourly report of the situation on the highway to their concerned higher-ups. From Pantha Chowk intersection to Narbal juncture, six sector magistrates have been deployed for 18 locations on the ban days. Also, 18 magistrates have been appointed for the locations.
An order issued by the District Development Commissioner Budgam said that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Beerwah and the SDM Chadoora will nominate 2 and 4 magistrates, respectively, on shift basis (one each at spots connecting to national highway) in their respective jurisdictions to regulate traffic.
The order also said that SDMs will coordinate with transport agencies and senior citizens to cooperate in the matter.
The government has banned civilian traffic on the strategic highway from Baramulla to Udhampur to protect movement of government forces’ convoys. The prohibition will continue till May 31.