SRINAGAR Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Wednesday said that there was no blanket ban on movement of civilians during Amarnath Yatra on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with outside world.
“There is no ban on civilian movement during the Amarnath Yatra but only traffic regulation,” Khan said during a press conference in Srinagar.
He also said that people should not pay heed to rumours. He added that even the few traffic regulations will be lifted in the coming days.
People have been complaining about restrictions on their movement on the highway which is the sole surface connection of the Valley with the rest of the world.
Complaints have been pouring in on a daily basis that authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have barred civilian traffic on Qazigund-Nashri stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu Highway for a few hours in order to allow incident-free passage to vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims.
Due to this, long traffic jams have been a regular feature on the national highway. Trucks loaded with goods also get stranded.
Many stakeholders in the tourism sector have also been raising a flag on the highway trouble saying it has been affecting their business.
Minimize Inconvenience To Commuters: Guv
Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday directed divisional commissioner Baseer Khan to minimize inconvenience to commuters during traffic regulations on the Srinagar-Jammu highway amid ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
Khan met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed Governor about the status of developmental activities and law and order scenario in Kashmir and efforts of the Divisional Administration for smooth conduct of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra.
According to an official spokesman, Governor advised Khan to keep monitoring every aspect related to Yatra under the domain of the Divisional Administration and ensure that Yatris are facilitated in every possible manner during the pilgrimage.
He directed Khan to minimize inconvenience to commuters during traffic regulations on the Highway, the statement added. He also directed Khan to facilitate Hajj pilgrims from J&K in every possible manner.