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CS assesses traffic scenario on Sgr-Jmu National Highway

Asks for strict traffic regulations & timely completion of works in progress

Post by RK News on Monday, February 27, 2023

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SRINAGAR, FEB 26: Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, convened a virtual meeting here today to assess traffic flow on NH-44 (Srinagar-Jammu National Highway). 
The Chief Secretary assessed the progress of the restoration of double lanning of the damaged sections of road at Cafeteria Morh and Mehar. He asked the Traffic Department to augment their workers on the sections of the highway recently damaged by inclement weather. He stressed that the time it takes LMVs to go from one city to another should be limited to 6-7 hours.
The Chief Secretary took stock of the pace of restoration of double lanning of the damaged portions of the road near Cafeteria Morh and Mehar. He directed the  Traffic Department augment to augment their personnel on the portions of the highway damaged by the adverse weather recently. He reiterated that the travel time taken by LMVs should be restricted around 6-7 hours to reach from one city to another.
Dr Mehta also stressed on putting in place the robust communication and information mechanism by Traffic Police so as to regulate HMVs traffic at critical points like Qazigund- Banihal, Banihal market, Ramban, Sherbibi, Panthayal, Mehar etc.  He asked the authorities to ensure that the HMVs are allowed to ply on the road so that the down-side convoy do not meet the opposite one at critical junctions. He stressed on enforcing lane discipline in the critical stretches between Ramban and Banihal by penalizing the violators unforgivably.
Dr Mehta also assessed of the construction works on different projects presently under progress. He exhorted upon them to make all out efforts to make the T5 tunnel on Panthiyal stretch of the highway functional by 15th of March, Jaiswal Bridge by 31st March, and double lane of Ramban Flyover and Banihal Bye-pass by 15th of April this year. He advised them to accelerate the pace of work to meet these deadlines without any fail. 
Moreover District Administration Ramban was instructed to ensure deployment of adequate manpower and traffic management team at Banihal and Ramban market to ensure no roadside parking of vehicles and unauthorized occupation of carriageway.  It was said that the public transporters should also be persuaded not to park their vehicles on the NH for getting boarding of passengers but to use earmarked places only for this purpose to evade chances of traffic snarls there.
Further it was made out that the timelines given during the last meeting for clearance of muck from Cafteria Morh and Mehar, blacktopping of damaged portions on NH between Banihal and Ramban, and widening of Ramsoo- Rampari-Sherbibi stretch of the road for the ease of commuters on this vital link between the two capital cities of the UT.
The meeting was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary, Home; IG Traffic; Deputy Commissioner, Ramban; SSP, Traffic, NH; SP Ramban and the representatives from NHAI.

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