First convoy reaches Jammu amid tight security
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Oct 29: After closure of Durbar Move offices in the summer capital, the first convoy of around 200 vehicles, mostly carrying government records, reached Jammu amid tight security on Monday evening.
The trucks carrying files and other records had left Srinagar on Monday morning. The officials had restricted the movement of the vehicles on the 300 kilometer long Jammu-Srinagar highway to ensure hassle-free movement of the official convoy.
The civil secretariat of the state government functions in the summer capital Srinagar for six months and moves to Jammu with the onset of winter. The offices closed in Srinagar on past Saturday and will open in Jammu on November 5.
The bi-annual practice of 'Durbar' (shifting of offices) between the two capital cities of the state, Srinagar and Jammu, has been inherited from the Dogra rule, dating back to the 19th century.
The traffic police department had imposed traffic restrictions on the highway, Monday, to ensure smooth flow of the traffic from Srinagar to Jammu. Heavy vehicles were stopped at various points on highway from Jammu to Ramban, officials said.
Hundreds of heavy vehicles, mostly the trucks, were stopped at Ramban, Chanderkot, Nasri, Batote, Patnitop, Kud, Cheneni, Udhampur, Nud, Nagrota and many other locations on highway to pave way to first cavalcade of Durbar move vehicles, they added.
“We had stopped all the heavy vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar at various places to ensure that the convoy from Srinagar reaches Jammu without any hassles,” Superintendent of Traffic Police, Highway, Varinder Sharma told Greater Kashmir.
“As the cavalcade crossed Ramban, Chanderkote, Nasri, Batote, Patniptop, and Kud till 4 PM, we allowed the stranded trucks to move towards Kashmir valley.”
For the next four days, there will be no movement of Durbar move vehicles, he said, adding that the next cavalcade of Durbar move vehicles would proceed for Jammu on November 3 and 4 and traffic restrictions would again be in place along the highway.
As per the past practice, about 5000 state employees will arrive here from Srinagar along with the move offices.
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