After detailed security meet on Amrnath Yatra, govt lifts restriction for civilian vehicles on highway

Srinagar: Following a review of the security situation for Amarnath Yatra , Governor SP Malik led dispensation has decided to lift the  restrictions on civilian movement on the National Highway (NH-44) connecting Jammu to Srinagar with effect from May 27.

The government said these restrictions had become necessary following the movement of forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama militant  attack.

“The forces were required both for anti-militancy operations and for smooth conduct of general elections,” the government spokesman said.

“In order to facilitate the safe and secure movement of Security Forces’ Convoys, the Government had imposed a prohibition on civilian traffic on NH-44 from Baramulla to Udhampur twice a week, i.e. on Sunday and Wednesday; from 4.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. elaborate arrangements were, however, made by the local administration to facilitate the movement of the public during the period of restriction”.

After a detailed review today with all security agencies, civil and police administration in connection with the preparations for the Amarnathji Yatra, the governor directed that there should be no restriction on civilian movement on NH 44 from Monday, 27.5.2019, the spokesman said.

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