Governor's Advisor, KK Sharma, on Tuesday convened a meeting with the committee of experts of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), constituted to assess the situation of land sliding and unstable slopes on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, an official spokesman said.
He said that theSharma also discussed the issues faced by the implementing agency inundertaking hassle-free four-laning of the National Highway.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Sharma, CGMHeadquarter NHAI Maneesh Rastogi, Advisor NHAI Anil Kumar Srivastava, TeamLeader Rodic Consultancy BK Jha, Project Director NHAI Jammu Ajay Kumar Rajak,Chief Engineer R&B Nasir Goni, RO J&K Hem Raj, HO HCC RajeshSrivastava, SP Traffic NH JS Johar and other senior officers of traffic, PWD (R&B),PDD, NHAI were present in the meeting.
Threadbare discussions over the issues of trafficmanagement, removal and dumping of debris, relocation of towers, parking oftrucks, repairing of natural drainages, awareness of helpline numbers on the NH44 were held.
The committee informed the Advisor about the trouble causedby the parking of vehicles, especially trucks, on the road side of the NationalHighway. For better traffic management, it was suggested by the committee thatthe highway should be divided into zones and section where double lane andsingle lane traffic is allowed to avoid traffic jams.
The Advisor asked the concerned authorities to ensure thatno truck or any other vehicles are parked on the road side and dedicatedparking points are identified.
Highlighting the issue of debris on the road side, thecommittee said that there is a proactive need of removing the debris from thehighway as it causes hindrance in the smooth working on the highway.
The Advisor asked the concerned officers to identify more locationsto dump the debris which should not cause any inconvenience to the trafficplying on the highway.
The Advisor directed the PDD department to protect thetowers along with National Highway and explore the possibility of theirrelocation so that populace residing there should not face any kind of problem.
The Advisor asked the concerned departments to takeimmediate action to repair the natural drains as suggested by the committee.
The meeting also discussed awareness regarding the helplinenumber so that the people would know about the medical and first aid facilitiesprovided on the NH-44.
The Advisor directed the officers to work in synergy andcoordination for the completion of the project in smooth and time bound manner.