J&K lifts restrictions on Srinagar-Baramulla highway

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to completely lift the restriction imposed on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44 from today onwards. However, the restrictions placed on the NH-44 connecting Srinagar and Udhampur will continue as earlier. Moreover, a complete review of the restrictions on the NH would be done subsequently.

This two-day-a-week restriction was imposed on Wednesday and Sunday in order to facilitate the movement of security forces’ convoys. Official sources said that “The restriction on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on the NH-44 will be completely lifted with effect from May 2, 2019. There will be no prohibition on civilian traffic on this stretch on Sunday or Wednesday.”

This restriction was imposed last month by the state government on the civilian movement on the NH-44 connecting Jammu to Srinagar in order to minimise public inconvenience while ensuring maximum security to the security forces. The security forces are required for anti-militancy operations as well as for conducting general elections peacefully.

The government spokesman noted that the government is monitoring the convoy needs of security forces on a real-time basis and making all attempts to minimise public inconvenience. He added, “The restriction will be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces.”

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