Advisors to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, K K Sharma and K Skandan on Thursday jointly chaired a high level meeting to discuss the status of works undertaken for maintenance of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway keeping in view the regular incidents of landslides resulting in its blockade, an official spokesman said.
The meeting also discussed the action plan for maintenanceand repairs of Mughal Road and creation of wayside amenities so as to make itan alternate road link between Kashmir and Jammu regions.
Principal Secretary, Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, PrincipalSecretary, Transport, Asgar Samoon, Commissioner Secretary, Forests, M KDwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Commissioner Secretary PWD Khurshid AhmadShah, Secretary Tourism, Secretary DMR&RR, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole, IGPTraffic Alok Kumar, Chief Engineer Mughal Road Project, Muhammad Ashraf Bhat,other senior officers of concerned departments, representatives of NHAI, Armyand cellular service providers attended the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, DivisionalCommissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Deputy Commissioners of Udhampur, Ramban,Rajouri, Poonch and Shopian attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Deliberate discussions were held on the directions alreadyissued to the concerned departments/agencies for expediting the works relatedto maintenance and repair of National Highway especially covering of slopes atidentified places so as to minimize the chances of landslides causing roadblockage.
The IG Traffic Alok Kumar informed the meeting about theplan which the traffic department has adopted to regulate the traffic on NH andMughal Road these days and measures to be adopted for ensuring smooth movementof traffic on these important road links.
Representatives from NHAI while apprising the meeting aboutthe condition of the road said that the repair and maintenance works areunderway and an expert committee from New Delhi would be visiting the statewithin few days and would conduct visit to the National Highway to study itspresent condition. It would later submit a report on how to minimize theincidents of landslides by covering the slopes.
The meeting further deliberated upon various importantissues which need immediate attention of concerned departments/agencies toresolve them in a time bound manner.
After thorough discussions and the inputs provided by theparticipants, few decisions were taken in the meeting to ensure movement oftraffic on both the roads.
It was decided that the Traffic Police would give preferenceto the trucks carrying perishable items, livestock, food-grains and petroleumproducts, macadamization of the roads would be expedited and patch work to becompleted in ten days, mobile network provider Jio to provide networkconnectivity on Mughal Road by installing towers at identified places, combinedteams of Army, Police & SDRF to be placed at critical points, waysideamenities to be created on Mughal Road by Tourism department includingtemporary toilets, food points, vehicle repair points, overloaded vehicles notto be allowed on both the roads, PHC to be established at Dubjan in Shopian andtwo ambulances to be provided for Mughal Road, advanced heavy duty snow cuttermachines be procured for clearance of snow on Mughal road, NHAI to effectively putin protection measures at sliding zones etc.
All the concerned departments and agencies were directed toimplement these decisions on ground and put in their coordinated efforts inmaking NH and Mughal Road traffic worthy for the maximum time.