Ramban: Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mussarat Islam has directed the authorities of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and contractor companies engaged in widening and upgradation of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to “keep available sophisticated men and machinery at vulnerable places to ensure hassle free vehicular movement on the road”.
Apart from NHAI, contractor companies involved in widening and upgrading two-lane Srinagar- Jammu National Highway into four lanes, have been asked to regularly clear landslides, snow and deal with any other emergency situations on the National Highway during the winter.
The DC had already directed Tehsildars of Batote, Chanderkote, Ramban, Sub Divisional Magistrates of Ramsu and Banihal to take contingent measures to handle commuters in case of closure of the highway. For this purpose 16 “Rahat centers” have been established from Nashri to Banihal.
The Srinagar- Jammu National Highway in past has witnessed frequent traffic disruptions, due to rain and snowfall especially on Nashri- Banihal stretch of the highway passing through Ramban district.
On the other hand, Traffic police authorities have already implemented a one-way traffic rule for heavy vehicles, whereas Light Motor vehicles are being allowed from both sides on the Srinagar- Jammu National highway.
It is important to mention here that the work on the four lane project is going on in full swing in Ramban district.