Highway in focus
Srinagar-Jammu highway is again in focus as the government is very serious for the completion of four laning of this highway as soon as possible. Recently the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir directed the authorities for the regulation of traffic movement in order to minimize disruptions on this highway.
He visited vulnerable spots, and proposed truck holding areas at Rampadi in Chambalwas area and directed the RO, NHAI to immediately clear the debris lying at various locations alongside National Highway on Banihal Nashri stretch to facilitate smooth double lane vehicular traffic movement, besides developing truck holding areas.
He issued directions for constituting a committee to be headed by Principal Secretary, PW (R&B) Department and comprising of Administrative Secretary, Transport Department; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; IG Traffic; Deputy Commissioner and SSP Ramban to submit a plan to regulate the traffic movement smoothly on NH-44 between Banihal- Nashri stretch.
During a high level meeting at Chanderkote, he directed the IGP Traffic to implement all the directions issued regarding the holding area management at all 4 proposed locations between Banihal- Ramban stretch to accommodate stranded vehicles in the event of closure of National Highway due to bad weather. Directing the Regional Officer, NHAI to expedite the pace of the widening work, the Chief Secretary asked him to ensure macadamization of existing highway for smooth movement of traffic on the National Highway. He directed the SSP Ramban and RO NHAI to fix the timing for macadamization work to avoid inconvenience to commuters and fruit carrying trucks on the said stretch.