SRINAGAR: The J&K Government has decided to lift restrictions on civilian traffic between Srinagar and Udhampur on NH-44 on Wednesdays with effect from May 13 (Wednesday next week). The prohibition on civilian traffic on this stretch would now only be on Sunday.
In a statement, the government said that it had been reviewing the restrictions on civilian movement on National Highway 44 connecting Jammu to Srinagar with a view to balancing the security needs of forces’ convoys with the need for minimising public inconvenience.
Earlier, the restrictions between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 were reduced only to Sunday w.e.f. 22-04-2019 and later completely lifted w.e.f. from 2-5-2019.
The statement said that the government is alive to the needs of citizens and has once again reviewed the requirement of security forces. “Following the completion of elections in Pulwama & Shopian districts and as the requirement of Security Forces is now reducing, the Government has decided to further relax the restrictions on traffic imposed earlier,” the statement said.
It said the local administration would continue to facilitate movement of civilian traffic, including by allowing public transport of JKSRTC to move during the period of restriction on the NH.
The government stated that the purpose of these restrictions is in the larger interest of security of everyone and appealed to people to extend full cooperation in the smooth regulation of traffic.
“The restrictions will continue to be reviewed on a real time basis and modifications will be made as necessary in the coming days,” the government said in its statement.