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Highway ban: HC seeks compliance report on ensuring no difficulty to commuters
4/19/2019 11:21:37 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Apr 19: The State high court today sought compliance of its orders, directing authorities to ensure that no difficulty is caused to any commuter or common person who is seeking to move on the highway during any two days of ban on civilian movement during the week to reach his place of business or work.
A division bench of the court also asked authorities to submit a report regarding compliance to the directions issued by the divisional commissioner Kashmir in minutes of meeting held on 09.04.2019 by next Wednesday. On April 9, the court, after submissions by R.A. Jan, Sr. Advocate, Jahangir Iqbal Ganai, Sr. Advocate and all the other counsels present in the Court, that the government need to take special care to ensure that the commuters who are common people may not face any difficulty in their movement for earning their livelihood. B A Dar, Sr. AAG had submitted that the decision taken in the serial No. 2 as noted in the Minutes of Meeting held on 09.04.2019 is intended to obviate any difficulty to such commuters.
"It shall be ensured that no difficulty is caused to any commuter or common person who is seeking to move on the highway to reach his place of business or work," the court had said.
To Implement Govt Order No. 353-Home (ISA) of 2019 dated 03-04-2019 regarding regulation of Civil traffic during movement of Security Forces Convoys on the National Highways, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and directions were issued after the meeting and every Deputy Commissioner was asked to nominate a Nodal Officer at the District level whose number shall be duly publicized who will issue travel passes after Making sufficient verification. "Travel Passes shall be issued, in case there are any requirements for local traffic movement for any emergency. However, in case of medical emergencies the ambulances carrying patients with proper medical prescriptions should be allowed after proper checkings. Also in case of employees their identity cards will be treated as travel passes." Deputy Commissioners were asked also prepare a list of schools which are located alongside the National Highway and issue necessary instructions to Zonal Magistrates/Police Officers to allow school buses ferrying students having proper I-Cards on National Highway on days of restriction. The students who are scheduled to appear in the examinations on the days of restrictions should be allowed to travel on National Highway on such days after proper security and their Admit Cards should be treated as their Travel Passes, it had said. "Deputy Commissioners shall prepare a list of employees who need to travel on the National Highway on the specific days for performing of their duties and then issue necessary instructions to the Magistrates/Police Officers deployed on NHIA to treat their I-Cards as travel passes for their unrestricted movement."
The Deputy Commissioners were asked to conduct a survey to ascertain the number of Hospitals. business establishments, offices falling on the National Highway and ensure that the staff of the Hospitals/Offices/shopkeepers are issued travel passes so that they can reach their destinations without any hassle. Similarly those orchardists/horticulturalists whose orchards are adjacent to the National Highway shall also be provided travel passes so that they can access their orchards without any problem. " Deputy Commissioner. Pulwama/Anantnag/Srinagar and Baramulla will appoint Zonal Magistrates for specific length of National Highway who will along with their Police counterparts respond to spontaneous emergencies, if any, arising in their zones. For this purpose Zonal Magistrates shall carry sufficient number of travel passes to be issued to the concerned on the spot." People possessing air tickets shall be treated as passes so that they can reach Airport without any problem: Similarly tourists shall also be issued travel passes by the nominated Nodal Officer for their hassle free travel, it said. "Movement of VVIPs shall remain beyond the restrictions." These restrictions shall be only for NHIA and lateral or parallel roads shall remain beyond the ambit of this order, it said. "District Magistrates shall deploy sufficient Magistrates at all the critical/crossing points who will along-with their counterparts from Police work together for smooth implementation of the order."
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