Ahead of Modi’s visit all roads leading to SKICC closed

All roads leading to S K International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of famed Dal Lake have been closed in view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir valley on Saturday.

Mr Modi will lay the foundation stone for Srinagar Ring Road from SKICC, where hundreds of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed to foil any attempt to disrupt the function. Security force personnel could also be seen patrolling in the Dal Lake to keep a close watch on houseboats.

Security forces in strength were also deployed on entire Boulvard road on the bank of Lake.

The traffic department has already announced traffic advisory in view of the PM’s visit.

A traffic police official said that as per the traffic plan, no vehicles shall be allowed to ply from Badyari Chowk to Nishat via Boulevard.

Similarly, no traffic shall be allowed to ply from Ram Munshi Bagh towards Grand Palace and Nishat via Gupkar.

Commuters travelling from Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat and adjacent areas towards Lal Chowk are requested to travel via Foreshore Road & Hazratbal, the advisory said.

Further, the commuters travelling from Dalgate, Lal Chowk and adjacent areas towards Harwan, Shalimar, Nishat shall adopt Nowpora, Khayam, Rainawari to reach their respective destinations, it said.

Security forces had closed the main road at Badyari chowk leading to SKICC with barbed wire and no vehicle was being allowed. Similarly, road at Nishat towards SKICC has been closed by parking bulletproof bunker vehicles. The Gupkar road has also been closed.

Mediapersons, directed to report at 1100 hrs at information office, will also be taken to SKICC in official vehicles for covering the function since no private vehicle will be allowed on this route.

However, it was tourists in the Lake who had to face harassment due to curbs on traffic movement. The tourists had to leave early in the morning for different destinations, those associated with tourism said. However, many stayed in their hotels or houseboats fearing trouble.

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