J&K Government Relaxes Ban On Civilian Traffic on NH



Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday decided to partially relax the restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, imposed earlier this month to enable safe movement of the security forces in the aftermath of Pulwama attack. The state government said the decision has been taken as the requirement of security forces is now reducing because of their de-induction after polling in parts of the state.

Further, the local administration and police would examine the possibility of allowing public transport of state-run JKSRTC to move during the period of restriction on the national highway even on convoy days, a state government spokesman said. “Government has decided to partially relax the restrictions on traffic imposed earlier,” he said. A complete review of restrictions on the highway would be done after the last phase of elections on May 6 to examine the need for continuing with them, the spokesman added. The decision to ban civilian traffic on most part of the 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to enable safe movement of security forces was imposed with effect from April 7 and was to be in place till May 31. (IANS)