>Asks traffic authorities to clear stranded traffic within 24 hours, certify same at an earliest
Directs Deputy Commissioners to facilitate movement of tribals on highway through trucks
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta on Sunday directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to follow all deadlines for clearing of muck, improvement of road surface and completion of the vital T-5 tunnel and widening of Ramsoo-Rampari-Sherbibi stretch on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
In a marathon meeting held today to take stock of traffic movement on the highway the Chief Secretary asked the NHAI to find a long term solution to recurring problems on the highway.
He said that the executing agencies should adhere to the directions in letter and spirit so that the travel time on the highway gets reduced considerably besides ensuring that no vehicle remains stranded for hours together.
He impressed upon the concerned traffic authorities to clear the stranded traffic within 24 hours and certify the same at an earliest.
The Chief Secretary directed the Traffic Department to formulate a viable plan for smooth movement of traffic on the highway in association with fruit growers. He asked them to ensure that the fruit laden trucks leaving from Valley should reach their destinations taking appropriate time without any undue delay.
Dr Mehta urged them to submit daily reports to his office about the travel time and number of vehicles reaching Jammu or Srinagar leaving from opposite directions. He enjoined upon them to publish daily the number of vehicles stranded including place and reasons thereof. He asked them to simultaneously give time required for restoration of the normal traffic on this road.
The traffic management authorities were asked to augment manpower from all sources to regulate traffic efficiently. He stressed on enforcing lane discipline on this highway especially on critical stretches between Banihal and Ramban. He underscored the need of ensuring that no road side parking is allowed except at designated parking spaces only.
For seasonal migration, the Tribal Affairs Department and Deputy Commissioners were directed to facilitate the “Deras” to move on the highway in trucks along with their family members and livestock. They were asked to make these arrangements for their easement and better traffic management on this vital link between the capital cities.
The Divisional and traffic management authorities were further told to encourage the traffic to use Mughal Road especially the vehicles loaded with less perishable items. They were asked to augment manpower on the road to monitor and manage it effectively at places that are slide-prone and have less width.
The meeting was virtually attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production; Additional Chief Secretary, Home, both the Divisional Commissioners, Secretary Transport; IG Traffic; concerned Deputy Commissioners and other senior officers from Traffic Department and those from NHAI.