Mughal Road partially opens for civilian traffic

The historic Mughal Road on Friday was thrown open for two-way civilian traffic with around on hundred vehicles plying from each side. However, the Mughal Road Action Committee (MRAC) staged a protest demonstration against ‘permission clause in road travel’.

District Magistrate Poonch, Rahul Yadav on Thursday issued an order allowing two-side civilian traffic on the road from Friday onwards but made it mandatory for civil passengers to obtain permission from Divisional Commissioner office to travel on the road.

Officials said that on Friday, civilian traffic including goods carriers plied from both the sides. “Most of the vehicles on Friday were goods carriers which require no permission to move on the road,” officials said.

Deputy SP Traffic, Zubair Mirza said that on day one, around one hundred vehicles plied from each side. “The army and the police check-post at Poshana is managing the traffic on road. Check points of traffic police have also been established near Bufliyaz to ensure proper traffic management.”

Meanwhile, the Mughal Road Action Committee headed by Mir Shaheed Saleem staged a protest demonstration in Rajouri Behorte raising slogans against government authorities against permission clause brought in the travel advisory.

“This clause (getting permission from Div Com office) is completely unacceptable as it will put commuters in trouble,” the protesters said.

They said that due to this clause, a person from Rajouri and Poonch will now have to go to Jammu first to get permission from Divisional Commissioner office and then will be able to travel on the road.

“Testing of passengers is mandatory and authorities should ensure it, but at the same time authorities should refrain from putting people in trouble in the name of permission.” protesters added.