SRINAGAR: Minister for Transport Abdul Gani Kholi has asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organization (BRO) to speed up pace of work on upgradation and maintenance of Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
The Minister was addressing a meeting convened here Wednesday to review the working of Transport Department with special focus on traffic management and parking facility in Srinagar city, status and present position of Srinagar-Jammu national highway besides reviewing the Action Taken Report on the recommendations made in the previous meetings in this regard.
The Minister stressed the need for immediate improvement of highway at highly fragile and dangerous zones including Khari, Peeda, Magarkot and Nashri tunnel area. He asked NHAI and BRO authorities to ensure completion of renovation works within stipulated timeframe in view of the tourist season and ensuing Shri Amarnath Yatra.
The Minister also directed the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) to activate their Enforcement Wings and ensure immediate removal of encroachments. He said the spaces wherefrom encroachments are removed should be immediately made traffic worthy and if possible parking lots should be created there.
Expressing concern over non-availability of parking slots at malls, the Minister directed the concerned to ensure that every mall and market should have their own parking slots. He asked them to pursue the court cases especially in Central business areas vigorously and submit the report to the Administrative Department in this regard.
Threadbare discussions were held on installation of weigh bridges, GPS system, vehicle fitness, revenue realization and route permits.
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