Highway Closure: ‘Permission’ For Marriage Now!

SRINAGAR — The government order banning civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for two days a week seems to be taking a toll on people  already with one Anantnag family having  to run from pillar to post to seek “permission” from authorities for their son’s wedding.

The family of Danish Nabi said they had to abandon preparations for the wedding scheduled on April 7 in wake of the government order. Reason: the bride’s home is in Doda district.

 “Suddenly, we had to seek permission from deputy Commissioner Anantnag for travelling on the highway as the government order has banned civilian traffic on Saturday and Sunday,” they said.

While there are no changes in rules governing the marriage and deputy commissioner’s consent is not required to tie nuptial knot but Danish’s family had to seek the permission to allow the marriage party travel to the bride’s home in Doda via the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Sunday, one of the two days in a week when civilian traffic will not be allowed on the highway to “secure” the movement of convoy of government forces .

The family, leaving the preparations midway, had to move application to deputy commissioner and move from one office to another for getting the permission on Friday.

Danish’s brother-in-law Mir Waseem Hassan, along with other family members, first visited the office of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and submitted an application for grant of permission to ply four vehicles on the highway to reach the bride’s home in Doda district. The deputy marked the application on additional deputy commissioner who in turn forwarded it to senior superintendent of police for the southern Kashmir district, seeking report positively to allow the family to ply four vehicles for the marriage ceremony on Sunday. “We are hopeful to get permission,” the family said. (GNS)

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