The Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday partially relaxed the two-day-a-week restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which was put in place to facilitate movement of security forces’ convoys.
Earlier this month, the government had imposed the restrictions on the NH-44, days after the Pulwama attack, which left 40 paramilitary CRPF men dead. The restriction barred civilian traffic from plying on the road on Wednesdays and Sundays.
An official spokesman said that now, there would be no restrictions from Srinagar to Baramulla on Wednesdays. However, the restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur on the National Highway as earlier, he added.
“The government has reviewed the requirement of security forces, particularly in the light of successful conduct of elections in Baramulla, Jammu, Srinagar and Kathua. The requirement of security forces is now reducing as they are being de-inducted,” the spokesman said. “The restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur on NH-44 as earlier. However, these would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces.”